Briggs holds Parliamentary event for Music In Hospitals as it launches rebrand and new name.
Miles Briggs, Scottish Conservative & Unionist MSP for Lothian and the Shadow Health Secretary, is today hosting at Holyrood a Parliamentary reception for Music In Hospitals Scotland. The Edinburgh based charity provides live music concerts for thousands of patients in hospital and care across Scotland each year. The Parliamentary event coincides with the charity’s rebranding and name change this week- it will now be called Music in Hospitals & Care Scotland. Miles has paid tribute to all those involved in the charity which has been working in Scotland since 1948.
Speaking today Miles said:
“ As Shadow Health Secretary and having previously served as Shadow Minister for Mental Health, I am hugely aware of the importance of non-medical interventions, such as live music, in supporting people’s recovery from treatment and boosting their mental health during times of stress, loneliness and physical illness. The work Music in Hospitals and Care does is of massive value and we should regard it as a key therapeutic offering which helps and makes a real difference to so many people in hospitals and care each and every year.
“ The organisation has been providing musical concerts since 1948 and has had an office in Scotland since 1980. It aims to ensure everyone, including those in hospital and care, can have access to the benefits which live music can bring to people, helping keep people well and make them feel connected. There is an increasing body of academic research into the positive impact of live music on health and wellbeing.
“ I pay tribute to the efforts of the charity’s chief executive in Scotland Florence Burke and all her hardworking staff at Music in Hospitals & Care Scotland. In addition, we must thank all the musicians, venues, volunteers, funders and Friends of Music in Hospital for the contribution they make. Working together, all these individuals have a role in making the concerts such a success and in allowing hundreds of people in hospital and care to enjoy live music.”