Date lodged: 10 June 2016
To ask the Scottish Government how it ensures that the provision of ventilation and respiratory services and the monitoring and support of patients using these services is as good as possible and that there is equity of service across Scotland.
Answered by: Shona Robison 24 June 2016
It is for each NHS board to ensure that they provide care that is safe, effective and person centred, taking into account local service needs, national guidance and clinical standards. There are Respiratory Managed Clinical Networks in place to ensure a co-ordinated approach to improving respiratory services locally.
NHS National Services Scotland commission services such as Respiratory Extra-Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) and the home oxygen service on behalf of all NHS boards in Scotland. NSS has a role in ensuring that the services provided are of the highest quality and can be accessed by patients from all parts of Scotland.