Availability Status Codes (Abuse)

Part of Question Time — Scottish Executive — Health and Well-being – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:15 pm on 7 June 2007.

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Photo of Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon Scottish National Party 2:15, 7 June 2007

The current system of availability status codes is not implemented consistently throughout Scotland and has the potential for unfairness and misuse. That is why I have made it clear that I expect health boards to accelerate abolition of the codes and implement a more transparent and fairer system as quickly as possible. I will continue to press for progress on the issue, as it is important to many patients.