Health

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered at on 20 January 2011.

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Photo of Marilyn Livingstone Marilyn Livingstone Labour

Question S3W-38463

To ask the Scottish Executive how many hospital accident and emergency units have been forced to close in the last year due to staff shortages.

Photo of Marilyn Livingstone Marilyn Livingstone Labour

Question S3W-38464

To ask the Scottish Executive how many closures of hospital accident and emergency units due to staff shortages in the last year have been attributed to the impact of the European working time directive.

Photo of Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon Scottish National Party

The information requested is not available centrally due to the number and complexity of both core and non-core sites, as indicated in the response to S3W-38462 on 20 January 2011. It should be noted that many emergency departments work in local and regional networks to ensure that there is sufficient capacity to address demand in unscheduled admissions. As such, emergency departments may close to admissions for short periods with relevant referrals directed to a nearby facility. NHS boards have established and robust protocols in place for such activity which is largely linked to increased demand for the service, as opposed to a shortage of appropriate staff. NHS boards also have effective strategic plans in place to ensure that services are appropriately staffed and remain fit for purpose.

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