Immunology Clinics

Question Time — Scottish Executive – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:30 pm on 7th February 2002.

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Photo of Lloyd Quinan Lloyd Quinan Scottish National Party 2:30 pm, 7th February 2002

To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to review the operation of immunology clinics. (S1O-4621)

Photo of Hugh Henry Hugh Henry Labour

It is for national health service boards and trusts to plan and implement immunology and allergy services that best meet the needs of their local populations and periodically to review the operation of such services. In doing so, they should take account of the recommendations contained in the report "Immunology and Allergy Services in Scotland", which was published by the Scottish Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee in September 2000.

Photo of Lloyd Quinan Lloyd Quinan Scottish National Party

Does the minister agree that, if someone was diagnosed in 1998 as potentially having an allergy, they should have been able to see someone in the immunology clinic at the Glasgow Western infirmary before now? I refer to Miss Jacqueline Pollock of 348 Redburn, Bonhill, Alexandria. Does the minister agree that we need to take a radical look at the approach to the diagnosis of allergy? That woman is housebound and incapable of taking any medicine because of her allergy.

Photo of Murray Tosh Murray Tosh Conservative

We are wandering away from the question, Mr Quinan. Keep to the question.

Photo of Lloyd Quinan Lloyd Quinan Scottish National Party

Okay. Does the minister agree that it is unacceptable for anyone in Scotland to await a diagnosis for four years? What is the minister going to do about that situation?

Photo of Murray Tosh Murray Tosh Conservative

I think that we have got the point.

Photo of Hugh Henry Hugh Henry Labour

I am unaware of the specific case to which the member referred. If he writes to me, I will have the matter investigated. On resources and services, we recognise that there is a problem that cannot be tackled overnight. However, additional investment is going into services in the Greater Glasgow NHS Board area. The NHS boards in the west of Scotland are involved in discussions with the Glasgow board and others to see how a more comprehensive service can be delivered. As for the specific case that the member mentioned, if he—or any member—addresses a specific case to ministers, that case will be investigated.