First aid at First Ministers Questions: MSP Richard Simpson offers assistance as spectator becomes ill

A MEDICALLY-QUALIFIED MSP rushed to the aid of a spectator who became ill in the Holyrood gallery today.

Dr Richard Simpson, the Labour MSP, was due to quiz Alex Salmond at First Ministers Questions earlier today when politicians on the floor of the Holyrood chamber became aware that an elderly man was struggling.

The weekly question and answer session with the First Minister was immediately suspended.

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A Scottish Parliament spokesman said:

“A 77-year-old man took ill in the public gallery during today’s FMQs.

“The Parliament’s security staff immediately stepped in to administer First Aid and Dr Richard Simpson MSP also offered assistance.

“Dr Simpson was already present in the chamber and was able to assess the gentleman’s condition before an ambulance arrived.

“The Presiding Officer suspended business briefly while the ambulance crew attended. The member of the public was taken to hospital accompanied, we understand, by his daughter who was with him.”

Dr Simpson able to return to the floor of the chamber and ask his question shortly afterwards.