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Scottish Parliament: Motor Neurone Disease Awareness Week (21 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: I am pleased to be able to respond on behalf on the Government as we mark MND awareness week and global MND awareness day. I thank Christina McKelvie for bringing the motion to Parliament and securing another important debate on MND. I recognise her personal commitment and experience on the issue. I also recognise the importance of MND Scotland’s bust the myths campaign. The organisation...

Scottish Parliament: NHS Lothian (Musselburgh General Practitioner Services) (20 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: NHS 24 is delivering a pilot at the Riverside GP practice in Musselburgh whereby it is triaging patients who have requested same-day GP appointments. Where appropriate, NHS 24 will signpost patients to areas of the primary care system that are better placed to meet their needs, often more swiftly. Indications are that the pilot is working well, with a number of patients signposted to more...

Scottish Parliament: NHS Lothian (Musselburgh General Practitioner Services) (20 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: The pilot that NHS 24 is running is a system that has worked well elsewhere and that has had strong evaluation, so I urge Kezia Dugdale to wait for the formal evaluation of the pilot. I am happy for her to be furnished with the evaluation if she would be interested in that. With regard to the way forward for general practice, she will be aware of the new contract that has been put in place...

Scottish Parliament: NHS Lothian (Musselburgh General Practitioner Services) (20 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: No, I do not think that that is acceptable. However, it is important that we try new ways of working. The NHS 24 system has worked well in other areas and has been well received by patients. If there are issues with the way in which the pilot is working in Musselburgh, that will need to be picked up by the evaluation. More generally, Miles Briggs will know that the work around the expansion...

Scottish Parliament: Ageing Population (Oral Health) (20 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: In January, we published Scotland’s “Oral Health Improvement Plan”, which includes actions to ensure that older people receive appropriate oral health care. One of our priorities is to introduce a new domiciliary care service. For adults, including older patients, the plan also introduces an oral health risk assessment, which will ensure that dentists can offer tailored advice to older...

Scottish Parliament: Ageing Population (Oral Health) (20 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: The member is right to point to the number of EU nationals who are working as dentists in the north-east of Scotland—that is also the case in Dumfries and Galloway—as a result of previous successful recruitment campaigns. I would be very concerned to lose any of them from Scotland. An announcement last week confirmed that, from 6 July, doctors and nurses are to be excluded from the cap on...

Scottish Parliament: Ageing Population (Oral Health) (20 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: I have discussed the issue with the BDA and with dentists when I have had opportunities to engage with them. They have raised positive issues about the new plan as well as some of the concerns that Anas Sarwar has raised. He will understand that the issue is about making an appropriate risk assessment and that the whole idea is to ensure that dentists can spend more time with those who have...

Scottish Parliament: NHS Fife Primary Care Emergency Services (St Andrews) (20 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: My officials have been in regular contact with Fife health and social care partnership during the contingency period for the primary care out-of-hours service in Fife. The provision of a safe and sustainable out-of-hours service is the responsibility of NHS Fife in collaboration with the health and social care partnership. I understand that the partnership will shortly consult on the future...

Scottish Parliament: NHS Fife Primary Care Emergency Services (St Andrews) (20 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: As I said, my officials are in regular contact with the partnership. I understand that the partnership is continuing its discussions with GP colleagues in North East Fife on the future of the out-of-hours service and their potential contribution. I have asked to be kept informed of those discussions as they progress.

Scottish Parliament: NHS Fife Primary Care Emergency Services (St Andrews) (20 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: In implementing the proposals, the partnership will have to look at the provision in the whole area, including St Andrews. I would expect it to take into account the demographics of the population, including the student population to which Liz Smith has referred. All of that should be looked at, and I will make the point that Liz Smith has raised to officials to pass on to the partnership.

Scottish Parliament: NHS Dumfries and Galloway (Vacancies) (20 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: NHS Scotland boards are required to have the correct staff in place to meet the needs of the service and ensure high-quality patient care. The Scottish Government works closely with boards to support their efforts in staff recruitment. The Scottish Government remains fully committed to a sustainable NHS and its workforce, who continue to deliver consistently high-quality healthcare services...

Scottish Parliament: NHS Dumfries and Galloway (Vacancies) (20 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: Yes, of course. That is why, in my initial answer, I referred to the recruitment campaign that we support NHS Dumfries and Galloway in undertaking. I hope that the board will be part of our international campaign, which I announced just this week, to help to fill key specialties that are very difficult to fill here.

Scottish Parliament: NHS Dumfries and Galloway (Vacancies) (20 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: Under this Government, the workforce has increased by more than 10 per cent, to historically high levels. In the past year alone, it has risen by almost 500, to nearly 140,000. The fact that we have more posts sometimes impacts on the vacancy level, which we are determined to address.

Scottish Parliament: NHS Dumfries and Galloway (Vacancies) (20 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: Well, if Mr Carson has any such ideas, they would be gladly received. However, the ones that we have had have been based on evidence about how to conduct the recruitment of GPs, which has been very difficult everywhere and not just in Scotland. Such incentives are proven to attract GPs, and we want to do more of that. As I have said, the international recruitment campaign that we have...

Scottish Parliament: Health and Social Care Hub (Glasgow East End) (20 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: The decision on the location of the new health and social care hub is a matter for local determination by the Glasgow health and social care partnership in consultation with local stakeholders. I expect the initial agreement to be submitted to the NHS capital investment group for discussion at its next meeting in August. Before any final decision is made, I expect the partnership to carry out...

Scottish Parliament: Health and Social Care Hub (Glasgow East End) (20 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: Full marks to John Mason for trying. As I have said, I expect the health and social care partnership to engage fully with the local community before coming to a conclusion. All the issues that John Mason has raised, including transport links, deprivation and, of course, an analysis of the best site, will be taken into account. Once a shortlist of options has been agreed to, further engagement...

Scottish Parliament: NHS Ayrshire and Arran (Gender Pay Gap) (20 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: NHS Ayrshire and Arran’s latest published gender pay gap information shows a male-to-female pay gap of 2.84 per cent for NHS agenda for change staff overall and 4.63 per cent within the consultant cohort. Each health board has published its own gender pay gap data, which is not collated centrally across NHS Scotland. However, the figures for NHS Ayrshire and Arran compare favourably with...

Scottish Parliament: NHS Ayrshire and Arran (Gender Pay Gap) (20 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: The Scottish Government has taken clear steps to promote NHS Scotland as a modern, inclusive and diverse employer and is supportive of all measures to promote women in strategic leadership roles and deliver a more equal workforce, including tackling the gender pay gap. NHS staff receive NHS pay rates and receive the rate for the job. Although the rate is the same for male and female workers,...

Scottish Parliament: General Practitioner Appointments (20 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: The new GP contract, which is backed by investment of £110 million in 2018-19, will ensure that GPs can spend more time with patients when they really need to see them, as well as developing wider multidisciplinary teams to support GPs and to improve patient care. We are also working to increase the number of GPs by at least 800 over 10 years to ensure a sustainable service that meets...

Scottish Parliament: General Practitioner Appointments (20 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: As I have outlined, the level of investment that we are making, the new GP contract, the primary care plan and our ambition to increase the number of GPs by at least 800 over the next 10 years show our plans to expand primary care. I will chase up the reply to James Kelly’s letter and make sure that he gets that as quickly as possible.


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