Date lodged: 9 September 2016
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the comments by the Minister for Public Health and Sport on 7 September 2016 (Official Report, c.89), who gave the Minister the "categoric assurance" regarding proposed changes to cleft surgery, and how it plans to retain all specialist outreach clinics if cleft surgery is centralised.
Answered by: Aileen Campbell 14 September 2016
The consultation document makes it very clear that the proposal relates to cleft surgery only. The consultation document can be accessed at: http://www.nsd.scot.nhs.uk/news/index.html
Clear and categoric assurances that, with the exception of surgery, all other cleft services will continue to be delivered locally have been given throughout this process in correspondence with campaigners and MSPs. These assurances have also been given to the National Specialist Services Committee and NHS board Chief Executives, during their consideration of the proposal. The decision whether to accept the proposal rests with Ministers. I will make my decision in due course.