National Health Service (Regionalisation)

– in the Scottish Parliament on 9th May 2018.

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Photo of Tavish Scott Tavish Scott Liberal Democrat

16. You caught me cold there, Presiding Officer.

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of reported comments by the health secretary regarding co-operation between national health service boards that “there will be a regional structure in place”, whether it will provide further details of this policy, and what the implications are for regional NHS boards. (S5O-02072)

Photo of Shona Robison Shona Robison Scottish National Party

We have been clear that there are no plans to reduce the number of territorial health boards. Our focus is on ensuring better joint working between national health service boards and other partners through more effective regional planning of services. As part of that, three regional implementation leads have been selected from the existing cohort of NHS board chief executives. Working collaboratively with NHS boards and their partners, they are leading the overall design and planning of services at a regional level to provide better patient outcomes and more efficient and sustainable services.

Photo of Tavish Scott Tavish Scott Liberal Democrat

I am grateful for that clarification. Is Shetland NHS Board in the north area that the cabinet secretary described? Is there a regional plan? If so, has that been submitted to the Government? When will it be published?

Photo of Shona Robison Shona Robison Scottish National Party

We have received draft plans from the regions. Over the summer, they will be embarking on public engagement to discuss some of the details in those plans. I hope that Tavish Scott will have the opportunity to attend one of those events.

The Deputy Presiding Officer:

That concludes portfolio questions, and I am still in a good mood.