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Summary

  1. MSPs quiz the City of Edinburgh Council on school infrastructure following the closure of 16 schools last year
  2. Health and sport ministers are in the hot seat for portfolio questions
  3. SNP MSP Christina McKelvie leads a debate marking Motor Neurone Disease Global Awareness Day
  4. The Scottish Conservatives lead a debate on transparent government
  5. MSPs debate agriculture in the second Scottish Conservative debate of the day
  6. Tory MSP Alexander Stewart leads a debate on stroke care in Scotland

Live Reporting

By Colin Bell and Craig Hutchison

All times stated are UK

  1. We leave you tonight with this moving tribute to Doddie Weir from Brian Whittle

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    Video caption: Doddie Weir 'will call me a big Jessie' says tearful Brian Whittle

    MSP Brian Whittle paid an emotional tribute to his friend Doddie Weir, who has been diagnosed with MND.

    Speaking during a debate in the Scottish Parliament, a clearly upset Mr Whittle said: "He's going to call me a big Jessie".

    The former Scotland international and rugby legend, who earned 61 caps, announced his diagnosis to raise awareness of the condition for Global MND Awareness Day.

    That's all from Holyrood Live on Wednesday 21 June 2017.

    We're back from 9am tomorrow with the Public Petitions Committee.

    Weir, who earned 61 caps for Scotland, wants to help fellow sufferers
    Image caption: Weir, who earned 61 caps for Scotland, wants to help fellow sufferers
  2. Scottish government must continue to work to tackle inequalities

    Aileen Campbell

    Ms Campbell says those that are the most vulnerable are the most at risk.

    The public health minister says the Scottish government must continue to work to tackle inequalities.

    She says that she hopes Mr Burnett also takes the inequality argument to the UK government.

  3. The government is working to get stroke victims back to independent lives

    Stroke

    Ms Campbell says more people are being thrombolysed across the country.

    The minister says thrombectomy is being looked at.

    She says these advances in medical approaches means people are far more likely to go back to living an independent life after a stroke.

    The publc health minister says the government is working with health boards to help stroke victims to get back to indepenent living.

    She highlights the stroke improvement plan.

  4. Government taking action on conditions that contribute to strokes

    Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell

    Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell says she is pleased to hear that Edwin Collins is recovering well and she thanks him and his family for helping to raise awareness.

    Ms Campbell says the government are taking action on the long term conditions which can contribute to strokes.

    The public health minister says the government is working to improve the stoke care pathway.

    She says that the Stroke Improvement team visits all health boards at least annually.

  5. Post update

  6. 'We have a postcode lottery of care'

    Labour MSP Colin Smyth

    Labour MSP Colin Smyth says with more people living with a stroke and relying on community based care, there is more reason for the government to fund this properly.

    "We have a postcode lottery of care," he says.

  7. Background: 'I had a stroke at 14'

    Brenna Collie was a healthy, sporty 14-year-old who did not expect to have a stroke
    Image caption: Brenna Collie was a healthy, sporty 14-year-old who did not expect to have a stroke

    When 14-year-old Brenna Collie from Aberdeenshire told her mother she was having a stroke she was told to stop being a "drama queen".

    Brenna, from Strichen, was too young and too healthy to have a stroke, her mother thought.

    She has since learned that about 400 UK children have a stroke every year, leaving many with severe physical and mental impairments.

    Experts say early recognition is important to minimise the risk of severe long-term health problems.

    Brenna told BBC Scotland's John Beattie programme: "I had a bug the day before so I was off school.

    Brenna's family said the 14-year-old had made an amazing recovery
    Image caption: Brenna's family said the 14-year-old had made an amazing recovery

    Read more of Brenna's story here.

  8. 'Underfunded, under-equipped and understaffed, a decade of failure'

    Tory MSP Alexander Burnett

    Tory MSP Alexander Burnett says everyone in the chamber will know someone affected by a stroke and that many NHS stroke wards are under-equipped.

    Mr Burnett says the Scottish government cannot back up its warm words for stroke patients, saying stroke care is "underfunded, under-equipped and understaffed, a decade of failure" .

  9. How to spot the signs of a stroke?

    Elaine Roberts from the Stroke Association
    Image caption: Elaine Roberts from the Stroke Association

    The Stroke Association has warned that women are unaware of the risk. Many wrongly believe a stroke could never happen to them.

    30,000 women die of stroke in the UK every year.

    Elaine Roberts from the Stroke Association told BBC Breakfast in 2014 that "people need to know they have a healthy blood pressure".

    Click here for the interview:

  10. Community care and self management must be backed by investment

    Labour MSP Anas Sarwar

    Labour MSP Anas Sarwar says thanks all those involved in stroke care for their work in the area.

    Mr Sarwar says it is right to put a focus on community care and self management but that it must be backed up by investment and that there is currently a "postcode lottery".

  11. Background: Stroke survivor: Virtual Reality helped me walk again

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    Video caption: Shannon Mackey has been using virtual reality to help recover from a stroke.

    17-year-old Shannon Mackey was about to have her last radiotherapy session to remove a brain tumour when she suffered a stroke, leaving her wheelchair-bound and unable to use the left side of her body.

    In addition to traditional physiotherapy sessions, she has been attending virtual reality sessions at the charity-run Brain and Spinal Injury Centre (BASIC).

    Now 19, Shannon has regained motion in her arms and is once again able to walk unaided.

    "[Virtual Reality sessions] have helped so much", she told BBC Radio 5 live. "If I didn’t come here I don’t think I’d be where I am today."

  12. Impacts of the life changing effects of strokes cannot be underestimated

    Tory MSP Allison Harris

    Tory MSP Allison Harris says national statistics show a downward spiral of people's mortality rates from strokes and she says this is welcome.

    Mr Harris says the impacts of the life changing effects of strokes cannot be underestimated.

  13. Background: Edwyn Collins film to raise awareness about strokes

    Art work from Edwyn Collins' film The Possibilities are Endless
    Image caption: Art work from Edwyn Collins' film The Possibilities are Endless

    A film about songwriter Edwyn Collins was given a special screening to raise awareness about strokes.

    Edinburgh-born Collins went into a coma after suffering a stroke and two haemorrhages in 2005.

    The Possibilities are Endless, explores his journey from the brink of death to rediscovering memories lost because of his medical condition.

    NHS Highland and Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland hosted the screening in Inverness on 17 September 2015.

  14. There must be a focus on tackling the conditions which cause strokes

    SNP MSP Mare Todd

    SNP MSP Mare Todd says that there must be a focus on tackling the conditions which cause strokes.

    Ms Todd says popstar Edwyn Collins suffered a stroke and 12 years on he is still getting better.

  15. Background: Stroke Association in Scotland

    Stroke Association
    Image caption: Stroke Association

    From the Stroke Association in Scotland website:

    "Stroke is the third most common killer in Scotland and the leading cause of disability.

    "We believe in life after stroke.

    "That’s why we support stroke survivors to make the best recovery they can.

    "It’s why we campaign for better stroke care and why we fund research into finding new treatments and ways of preventing stroke."

  16. Tory MSP says constituent felt 'abandoned' by some of the stroke after care

    Tory MSP Alexander Stewart

    Tory MSP Alexander Stewart says one of his constituents spoke to him about a stroke experienced by his wife around one year ago.

    Mr Stewart says she ended up in a stroke unit which had no specialised nurses.

    The Tory MSP says whilst the people delivering rehab were good, they were spread very thinly.

    He says that the rehab continued at home but there were pressures to end this.

    Mr Stewart says they felt "abandoned" by some of the care.

    He pays tribute to those who work in the sector.

    Mr Stewart says there is much more to be achieved in after care.

  17. Background: Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland

    From the Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland website:

    What is a stroke?

    A stroke happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is interrupted. As a result brain cells get less of the oxygen and nutrients that they need. Some brain cells can become damaged and others can die.

    There are two types of stroke:

    • Ischaemic stroke – this type of stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks one of the arteries which carries blood to the brain. About 85 in every 100 strokes are ischaemic.
    • Haemorrhagic stroke – this type of stroke occurs as a result of bleeding within or around the brain from a burst blood vessel. Approximately 15 in every 100 strokes are haemorrhagic.
    Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland
    Image caption: Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland

    "We are Scotland’s health charity.

    "Helping people live longer, stronger lives

    "Our mission is to improve the quality of life for people in Scotland affected by chest, heart and stroke illness, through medical research, influencing public policy, advice and information and support in the community."