Children’s Hospice Association Scotland

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 18th September 2019.

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Photo of Christine Grahame Christine Grahame Scottish National Party

The final item of business is a members’ business debate on motion S5M-18408, in the name of Miles Briggs, on the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland, keeping the joy alive. The debate will be concluded without any question being put.

Motion debated,

That the Parliament welcomes the positive impact that CHAS has in Lothian and across Scotland on children and young people with life-shortening conditions and their families, which is a mission that the charity describes as “Keeping the Joy Alive”; acknowledges that it is Scotland’s only national provider of hospice care for babies, children and young people; recognises that it offers palliative, respite and end-of-life care across Scotland through its service, CHAS at Home, and at its hospices, Rachel House in Kinross and Robin House in Balloch; acknowledges that it works in partnership with the NHS, local authorities, charity partners, government agencies and many others to provide the highest quality joined-up care and support; recognises what it sees as the scale of need for these vital services, with nearly 16,000 children and young people currently living with life-shortening conditions; appreciates the continued commitment of CHAS and the wider paediatric palliative care sector in Scotland, and commends all of CHAS’s staff and volunteers on “Keeping the Joy Alive” for the children and families that they support and care for.