NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (Meetings)

– in the Scottish Parliament at on 6 June 2013.

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Photo of Paul Martin Paul Martin Labour

6. To ask the Scottish Government when it last met representatives of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and what matters were discussed. (S4O-02220)

Photo of Alex Neil Alex Neil Scottish National Party

Ministers and Government officials meet regularly with representatives of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to discuss matters of importance to local people.

Photo of Paul Martin Paul Martin Labour

The cabinet secretary will be aware of Audit Scotland’s findings on health inequalities, which highlight the lack of clarity and focus among health boards and local partners on targeting areas of greatest need. What action has the Government been taking in respect of that report?

Photo of Alex Neil Alex Neil Scottish National Party

We are taking a range of action. For example, one of the best ways that we can deliver better primary care services for the more deprived areas is through the deep-end practices, many of which are in Glasgow and some of which are in the member’s constituency.

We have received a set of proposals from the deep-end practices in Glasgow about how we can further expand their role in the community so that they can perform even better than they do at present on tackling the inequalities to which the member refers. I would be happy to send details to him once we make decisions on those proposals.

Photo of Jackson Carlaw Jackson Carlaw Conservative

Has the cabinet secretary received a briefing from the health board on whether its passenger transport access plan to the new Southern general hospital is as comprehensive as it needs to be to afford access to patients from the whole of the health board area?

Photo of Alex Neil Alex Neil Scottish National Party

No specific briefing has come to me so far but, if the member has concerns and writes to me, I will raise them with the health board.

Photo of Jackie Baillie Jackie Baillie Labour

The cabinet secretary will be aware that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is one of the worst-performing boards on the four-hour accident and emergency waiting time guarantee and that most cases of delay were due to a lack of beds. Will he tell me what action is being taken to increase bed capacity to deal with the problem?

Photo of Alex Neil Alex Neil Scottish National Party

I have instructed greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board to review its bed capacity and, in particular, not to implement any policies for further reduction in bed capacity until it is entirely satisfied that it has enough beds not only to deal with any accident and emergency issues but to ensure that it continues to meet the treatment time guarantee.