Results 141–160 of 8786 for speaker:Shona Robison

Scottish Parliament: Mesh Implants Review (20 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: I understand that Professor Britton’s review is progressing, but as it is being carried out independently of the Scottish Government, the precise detail, including the publication date of the final report, is a matter for Professor Britton and her team.

Scottish Parliament: Mesh Implants Review (20 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: I join Jackson Carlaw in paying tribute to Michele McDougall. When Professor Britton produces her report, I will be happy to bring that back to Parliament in whatever form is appropriate. As I said, I do not know the timescale for the publication of the report, but we must allow Professor Britton to continue her work and to conclude it in due course.

Scottish Parliament: Mesh Implants Review (20 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: As I said, it will be down to Professor Britton to determine when her report is published. Of course, it will be her report but, as I said to Jackson Carlaw, I will be happy to make sure that Parliament is given the time and the opportunity to discuss it.

Scottish Parliament: Respiratory Improvement Task Force (20 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: Officials are working closely with the recently appointed chair of the respiratory task and finish group and key partners to finalise the group’s constitution and to set out the objectives, including the workstreams that are required to develop a plan for respiratory care for Scotland.

Scottish Parliament: Respiratory Improvement Task Force (20 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: The Scottish Government recognises that pulmonary rehabilitation is an important element of respiratory disease care. There is a well-established evidence base for its benefit in helping to support self-management and reduce exacerbation and hospital admissions. It is the subject of a key recommendation in the national clinical guidelines, which we expect boards to follow. Access to pulmonary...

Scottish Parliament: Health Services (Deprived Areas) (20 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that there is adequate provision of health and social care services across all areas of Scotland. It is worth noting that the new general practitioner contract is designed to support areas with higher levels of deprivation. Decisions on the level of provision required are a matter for local determination.

Scottish Parliament: Health Services (Deprived Areas) (20 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: As I said earlier to John Mason, it is important that there is full consultation and full analysis and that there is a full site options appraisal, which is an open and transparent process, as required by the Scottish capital investment manual. That is what should happen in the east end of Glasgow.

Scottish Parliament: NHS Lanarkshire (Meetings) (20 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: Ministers and Scottish Government officials regularly meet representatives from all the health boards, including NHS Lanarkshire, to discuss matters of importance to local people.

Scottish Parliament: NHS Lanarkshire (Meetings) (20 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: As part of the development of primary care improvement plans, which needs to happen in every area to implement the new GP contract, integration authorities should liaise with their local GP community on changes to services. My officials are engaging with NHS Lanarkshire in the process and I will be happy to write to Christina McKelvie on the matter in the near future.

Scottish Parliament: Teenage Cancer Trust (Talks) (20 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: The Scottish Government supports the Teenage Cancer Trust’s work in delivering vital awareness and education sessions in secondary schools. I am encouraged that 80 per cent of schools in Scotland have already received an awareness session from the charity in this academic year alone. I am even more heartened to see that that figure is 100 per cent in my constituency of Dundee. I have...

Scottish Parliament: Teenage Cancer Trust (Talks) (20 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: I agree with the member that educating our young people about the possible signs and symptoms of cancer at an early age is of vital importance for not only their own wellbeing but their role as influencers of older adults in the family circle. It is timely, in the year of young people, that we acknowledge that we need to equip our young people with the skills and information that they need in...

Scottish Parliament: NHS Borders (Delayed Discharges) (20 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: Scottish Government officials are meeting senior officers from the partnership today and will continue to work closely with them to reduce the level of delays. A range of improvement measures have already been put in place, which has led to a reduction of more than 30 per cent in bed days lost between November 2017 and April 2018.

Scottish Parliament: NHS Borders (Delayed Discharges) (20 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: In the April census, 10 partnerships recorded standard delays over three days in single figures, but the worst four partnerships accounted for 43 per cent of the total delays, so it is important that we focus particularly on those partnerships. The Borders partnership has introduced a range of measures aimed at reducing delays, including an £850,000 investment in a step-down intermediate...

Scottish Parliament: Access to Medicines (20 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: In recent years, the Parliament has driven significant change in access to new medicines, for which the system is—rightly—independent of politicians. Reforms to the availability of new medicines for rare, very rare and end-of-life conditions mean that the Scottish Medicines Consortium now approves 79 per cent of submissions, which is up from 48 per cent between 2011 and 2013. A key change...

Scottish Parliament: Access to Medicines (20 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: First, it is still important to demonstrate clinical effectiveness. We have made funding available through the new medicines fund, which is funded through the PPRS. Anas Sarwar will be aware that that is under negotiation as we speak; I will come back to that. As for improving the ways to negotiate with drug companies, a number of steps have been taken to better pursue best value for the NHS....

Scottish Parliament: Access to Medicines (20 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: One of the core principles that we want in the new PPRS deal is that the companies that offer a deal to one part of the UK must offer the same deal to all parts. Does Willie Rennie agree with that approach?

Scottish Parliament: Access to Medicines (20 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: Jackie Baillie raises an important point. The portfolio approach did include unlicensed medicines the safety of which remained unproven. I am glad that she shares my concerns about that. It is a fundamental problem with the portfolio approach that needs to be addressed.

Scottish Parliament: Access to Medicines (20 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: It has been a good debate, in which we have heard some very powerful speeches. I hope that it has united the chamber in a number of respects; I will come back to that shortly. I want to deal with as many of the issues that have been raised as possible, although, obviously, I will not be able to deal with all of them in the time allotted. Annie Wells made a point that addressed the point that...

Scottish Parliament: Access to Medicines (20 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: It is not for the Government to do that—it is for the SMC. However, there were unlicensed medicines in that portfolio. If things have moved on, that is to be welcomed. Dialogue continues, of course, and there has been a lot of dialogue between Vertex and Scottish Government officials and also national procurement. From the last round of discussions, I hope that progress can be made and I...

Scottish Parliament: Access to Medicines (20 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: I will write to members about the specific issues that they raised, but the message that we can all agree on in this debate is that we want medicines to get into the hands of patients as quickly as possible. I want that but, rightly, those decisions are not made by politicians. However, we have improved the systems in order to deliver that aim. I encourage Vertex to continue with those...


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