Robot-assisted Prostate Surgery

Motion S4M-10359: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 17/06/2014
Robot-assisted Prostate Surgery

That the Parliament understands that, although there are over 30 centres in England that offer robot-assisted prostate surgery, there are none in Scotland; believes that such surgery provides an innovative approach; understands that reviews have indicated that such an approach can offer significantly better outcomes than other methods; notes that the National Planning Forum is considering its introduction in Scotland and calls for at least one centre to be opened soon; believes that, while a close study of the outcomes of any such centre is vital, further research is not needed unless as part of a multi-centre study; shares Prostate Cancer UK’s view that, as in England, men in Scotland requiring a radical prostatectomy should be able to make an informed choice between robot-assisted and other forms of surgery on the NHS, and calls on the Scottish Government to make this choice a reality sooner rather than later.

Honouring the Life of Professor Mike Garraway

Motion S4M-10233: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 05/06/2014
Honouring the Life of Professor Mike Garraway

That the Parliament notes with sadness the death of Professor William Michael (Mike) Garraway on 31 May 2014; recognises his significant contribution to public health, including his term as head of the Department of Community Medicine at the University of Edinburgh and his filling of the Bruce and John Usher Chair of Public Health, which is the oldest such chair in the UK; understands that his research into stroke management in the 1970s led to changes in practice involving rapid admission to specialist stroke units, which is still being implemented in the UK and across the world today and has contributed to greater survival rates and an improved quality of life for patients; further understands that, along with a team of Stirling area-based urologists, GPs and nurses, he played a leading role in groundbreaking research on the epidemiology of benign prostatic hypertrophy, which mirrored studies in the USA and Japan, defined the epidemiology of the condition and ushered in a new era of treatment; also recognises his work with the Scottish Rugby Union on the study of rugby injuries, which continues to be developed, and expresses its condolence to Mike’s wife, Alison, his son, Andrew, his daughter, Kate, and the rest of his family.