Date lodged: 3 June 2016
To ask the Scottish Government whether it considers that the current levels of funding available to NHS boards to support the rehabilitation of people recovering from a brain injury are sufficient.
Answered by: Shona Robison 16 June 2016
While the Scottish Government provides the policies, frameworks and resources for high quality healthcare in Scotland, it is for each NHS board to decide best how to utilise funding, facilities and staff while taking account of national and local priorities to meet local health needs, including those for people recovering from a brain injury.
What I can confirm is that Scotland’s health boards have received more than £500 million in additional funding in 2016-17 to support the provision of frontline healthcare services. There is a national Scottish Acquired Brain Injury Network (SABIN) that seeks to improve outcomes for all acquired brain injury patients. SABIN in Scotland is a national managed clinical network and they have undertaken a comprehensive communication and engagement programme with patients, carers and key stakeholders and their aim is to improve access and quality of care for people with acquired brain injury across Scotland.