– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 9th March 2011.

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Photo of Richard Simpson Richard Simpson Labour

Question S3W-39865

To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on setting up a managed clinical network for lupus.

Photo of Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon Scottish National Party

We are always willing to consider proposals for providing pump-priming funding for Managed Clinical Networks.

Effective management of lupus relies on the expertise of many specialists, including rheumatologists, nephrologists, dermatologists, neurologists, gastroenterologists, respiratory physicians and cardiologists, and their respective supporting investigative and administrative teams. Clinicians from across Scotland have therefore formed the Scottish Lupus Exchange (SLEx). It brings together the clinicians in the various disciplines to ensure that, through working collaboratively, people living with lupus receive the care and support they need as close to home as possible. The SLEx could well form the core of a lupus Managed Clinical Network, with suitable third sector representation.

We have provided pump priming funding to support the development of a rheumatology Managed Clinical Network in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. While its initial focus will be on Rheumatoid Arthritis, we expect that, over time, its work will extend to other conditions, including lupus.

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