Results 161–180 of 8786 for speaker:Shona Robison

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health (13 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: I want to use my time to try to respond to as many contributions as possible. I would like to think that, given the subject that we are debating, all contributions across the chamber have equal value, and they should be treated with the respect that they deserve. Alex Cole-Hamilton said a number of things. One thing that he talked about was the suicide strategy. It is important to get that...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health (13 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: The fact that the suicide trend is down by 17 per cent over 10 years suggests that the strategy has had some success. Every individual suicide is a tragedy, but the trend has been on a downward trajectory. That is positive, and we have to build on that. That is why getting the next phase of the strategy right is so important. We want to do more. So far, the response of organisations such as...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health (13 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: John Brown announced: “Three potential independent chairs have been identified and expressed a willingness to take up the role. • The potential chair of the inquiry will be invited to meet with families and key stakeholders before a final decision is made on who will lead the independent review. • The independent chair will be supported by high level professional advice from a leading...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health (13 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: Yes.

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health (13 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: I can confirm, as John Swinney announced on 26 May, a new joint funding package of £4 million to help train up to 90 new educational psychologists over the next three years, which will include support for those in training over the three years. Again, that is something that I hope that Anas Sarwar will welcome.

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health (13 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: I welcome Alison Johnstone’s recognition of the impact of welfare reforms on mental health, which was an important point made in the debate.

Scottish Parliament: Waiting Times (Children’s Health Services in the Highlands) (7 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: A number of initiatives are under way to improve waiting times for children’s health services in the Highlands. They include improved workforce planning, staff development, case load management and better use of technology. However, recruitment to some specialties continues to be a challenge.

Scottish Parliament: Waiting Times (Children’s Health Services in the Highlands) (7 Jun 2018)

Shona Robison: Highland Council has advised that staffing continues to be an issue, particularly for speech and language therapy, but it has recruited to a number of occupational therapy posts recently, so it expects waiting times to decrease. The allied health professional workforce that Rhoda Grant refers to is crucial, and it is expanding. Of course, it provides that really important support in the early...

Scottish Parliament: Crown Use Licence (Biosimilar Drugs) (31 May 2018)

Shona Robison: The Scottish Government has power to apply for a Crown use licence, but we do not consider that invoking that power would provide a quick solution to providing the medicine for patients in Scotland. That is because an alternative manufacturer would have to go through a lengthy process of obtaining regulatory approval from either the European Medicines Agency or the Medicines and Healthcare...

Scottish Parliament: Crown Use Licence (Biosimilar Drugs) (31 May 2018)

Shona Robison: We always look to learn lessons from other countries. As I said, the process that would be required is not a straightforward one. Alison Johnstone made the point that patients should get access to the treatment that they need as quickly as possible. As I said, Roche is in discussion with NHS National Procurement, and that dialogue continues. I urge the company to make a new submission to the...

Scottish Parliament: Crown Use Licence (Biosimilar Drugs) (31 May 2018)

Shona Robison: Ministers have no involvement in the process, and for good reason. A process has been established, under the Scottish Medicines Consortium, which is independent of ministers, as is quite right, and it is important that all companies follow that process. The role of NHS National Procurement has been to help to have the discussion, to ensure that the company is encouraged to make a submission...

Scottish Parliament: Crown Use Licence (Biosimilar Drugs) (31 May 2018)

Shona Robison: I have written to Elaine Smith about the issue on a number of occasions. The patient’s clinical need is important, and clinicians have the opportunity to use other medicines where it would not be clinically appropriate for the patient to receive the medicine that is normally used for thyroid problems. I am happy to write again to Elaine Smith with more detail. At the core of the issue is...

Scottish Parliament: Ambulance Services (31 May 2018)

Shona Robison: T he Scottish Government provides the Scottish Ambulance Service, which is one of our national health service boards, with governance and with annual funding to provide high-quality emergency healthcare to the people of Scotland. We have invested almost £900 million in the Ambulance Service over the past four years, and we are committed to support the service in recruiting and training 1,000...

Scottish Parliament: Ambulance Services (31 May 2018)

Shona Robison: Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance carries out fantastic work throughout Scotland, helping to save and improve lives every day, and a second helicopter will allow the SCAA to further support the Scottish Ambulance Service to save even more lives. It will be particularly helpful in the more remote and rural areas of Scotland, and it will be extremely valuable in supporting the vision of the...

Scottish Parliament: Interventional Radiologists (29 May 2018)

Shona Robison: Under this Government, clinical radiology consultants who work in NHS Scotland have increased by more than 43 per cent. We are expanding the Scottish radiology training programme by 50 places over five years from this year, which builds on an on-going programme of expansion of 36 places from a starting baseline of 104 places in 2014. We have also launched a global radiology recruitment...

Scottish Parliament: Interventional Radiologists (29 May 2018)

Shona Robison: Any time Edward Mountain cares to write to me, he will get a reply. I hope that he found the contents of my letter helpful in addressing the issue that he has raised today at topical question time. Edward Mountain talked about X-ray images being sent abroad, which was raised at First Minister’s question time last week, when the First Minister rightly said that the key priority is to provide...

Scottish Parliament: Interventional Radiologists (29 May 2018)

Shona Robison: I go back to the recruitment campaign. Edward Mountain mentioned the three candidates to whom offers have been made. Those offers were unconditional offers of appointment. However, if he had listened to my original answer, he would know that there is a separate process under way to make sure that the qualifications of the longer list of people who have expressed an interest in coming to...

Scottish Parliament: Interventional Radiologists (29 May 2018)

Shona Robison: Patients will get the services, the treatment and the interventions that they require. A lot of work is being done—not only to recruit to the substantive posts, but to make sure that we get radiology services for the north of Scotland to a sustainable position in which patients in the NHS Highland area continue to get those services. Edward Mountain should, instead of criticising from the...

Scottish Parliament: Interventional Radiologists (29 May 2018)

Shona Robison: I remind Anas Sarwar of what the rest of the press release says. It says that the £50 million that we announced last year has been delivering a huge reduction in out-patient waits: more than 23,000 fewer patients are now waiting for an out-patient appointment. Yesterday, an additional £50 million was announced. That £50 million will be focused on diagnostics and the treatment time...

Scottish Parliament: Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre (Out-of-hours Treatment) (24 May 2018)

Shona Robison: There are structured pathways in place for every west of Scotland national health service board to enable patients to be seen locally in-hours and out of hours. Those pathways have been developed by the Beatson west of Scotland cancer centre in partnership with the local boards. The support is available 24 hours a day via the Beatson cancer treatment helpline, between 8.00 am and 8.00 pm, and...


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