Scottish Parliament

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    Video caption: Sturgeon: 'Limit household mixing to a maximum of three'

    "I am not asking anyone to cancel Christmas."

  2. Scrapping jab wait will increase flow through vaccine centres

    The requirement for people to wait in a vaccine centre for 15 minutes before going home is being dropped - and it could have a big impact on available appointments.

    Analysis from NHS England shows that under the conditions of a system working at full capacity, the 15-minute wait reduces the speed at which people can get in and out of a vaccine centre by 23%.

  3. Headlines from FMQs

    • Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross accused the Scottish government of showing contempt for people employed in the North Sea oil and gas industry.
    • Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar again raised deaths linked to infections at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow with concerns over how often an oversight board is meeting.
    • Cervical cancer screening rates in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde are among the lowest in the country, Scottish Conservative MSP Jamie Greene told the chamber
    • Nicola Sturgeon said Boris Johnson should resign over the deepening Christmas parties row.

    That's all from the FMQs live page but join us here later when Finance Secretary Kate Forbes sets out her tax and spending plans to MSPs at 3.25pm.

  4. Sturgeon calls for Johnson to quit

    Nicola Sturgeon says it is time for the Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resign.

    Asked by Green MSP Gillian Mackay MSP if she thought it was “time for this corrupt prime minister to go?”, Ms Sturgeon says "yes I do".

    She later adds, "I don’t think it is simply a corrupt incumbent of Number 10 that has to go, I think it is time for Scotland to get rid of the broken, corrupt Westminster system that is holding us back."

    The first minister says Mr Johnson has "many questions to answer" over the Christmas parties row.

  5. Long treatment wait for heart disease patients

    Reports that patients with heart valve disease are having to wait up to seven months for NHS appointments is raised by Rachael Hamilton.

    The Tory MSP points out it is a “treatable condition and can be fatal”.

    Nicola Sturgeon says the NHS recovery plan “sets out how we will address the backlog in care” that has been created by the Covid pandemic.

  6. Covid compliance fears after Xmas parties row

    Boris Johnson

    Nicola Sturgeon says she hopes there is no impact on compliance with Covid safety measures in the wake of the Downing Street Christmas parties row.

    Answering a question by SNP MSP Jim Fairlie, Ms Sturgeon says people have the right to be "angry at politicians" but it's important to keep going with Covid rules for "for their own safety and the safety of others".

    The first minister reveals she will be holding a briefing for opposition party leaders on the Omicron Covid variant which she says is spreading rapidly.

  7. Sarwar: NHS oversight board not met since March

    Queen Elizabeth University Hospital

    Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar returns to ongoing concerns about the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.

    Mr Sarwar says an oversight board installed to monitor NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde when it was put into "special measures" has not met since March.

    Nicola Sturgeon says it is "not about meetings, it’s about actions" and points out that 80% of the recommendations made by an independent probe into the flagship Glasgow hospital have been implemented.

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  8. Christmas parties row deepens

    Boris Johnson

    Westminster, and specifically Downing Street, has been the main focus of the political world in recent days.

    This will be intensified with news that an official investigation into government staff parties is to now focus on three events that took place last year instead of one.

    Tory leader Douglas Ross has distanced himself from Boris Johnson and said there had clearly been a party of some sort, which would have been against Covid rules.

  9. Are further Covid restrictions looming?

    Woman in mask beside Covid poster

    With the announcement of more Covid restrictions in England, the battle to slow the spread of the Omicron variant in Scotland is likely to feature in FMQs.

    The "Plan B" changes happening south of the border are similar to what is already in place in Scotland.

    But Deputy First Minister John Swinney has said Scotland could return to tougher restrictions used in the past if the Omicron variant spreads out of control.

    Scientists believe Omicron could spread more easily than Delta.

  10. Welcome to the FMQs and budget live page

    Nicola Sturgeon

    Hello and welcome to the live page where First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will be taking questions in the weekly session at 12pm.

    Scottish Conservatives leader Douglas Ross will not be in the chamber as he's waiting for the results of a Covid PCR test after a staff member tested positive for the virus.

    Today's live page will also cover the Scottish budget which is expected to begin at 3.25pm.

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