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Public Petitions Committee

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon told MSPs the government had drafted guidelines for NHS boards on how to introduce new drugs and avoid a postcode lottery in drug availability on 17 November 2009.

The guidelines were introduced after a petition was submitted to parliament by Tina McGeever, whose husband, Mike Gray, died of bowel cancer in 2008.

The health secretary said health authorities had until 20 November to comment, before guidelines were published.

Ms McGeever welcomed the progress made by the committee and the government.

Then pupils from Dyce Academy submitted their petition calling for the right to sell Fairtrade sweets, after the ban on confectionary sales in schools brought by the Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) Act 2007.

The committee committed to writing to the government calling for consideration of an amendment or regulations change which would allow the sale of Fairtrade sweets.

Other new petitions considered included one on behalf of Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, calling for a strategy for reducing levels of stillbirths and neonatal deaths.

A petition from Disability Concern Glasgow called for the implementation of reports aimed at improving the wellbeing of people with a physical disability, a petition on misleading postal codes, one on information within patient medical records and finally a petition calling for the retention of playing fields.

Tina McGeever was incorrectly name captioned as representing the SNP in the video.

Public Petitions Committee membership

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