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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-03199: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 26 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to increase the number of MS nurses in (a) NHS Lothian and (b) Scotland.

Answered by: Shona Robison 7 October 2016

I refer the member to the answer to question S5W-03198 on 7 October 2016. All answers to written parliamentary questions are available on the Parliament’s website, the search facility for which can be found at:

Additionally, I would also like to clarify that it is the role of the Scottish Government to provide policies, frameworks and resources to NHS boards to allow them to deliver services that meet the assessed needs of their local populations. Within this context, the actual provision of healthcare services, including staffing, is the responsibility of local boards, taking into account national guidance, local service needs and priorities for investment. We expect all NHS boards to regularly review services (including levels of staffing) to ensure they continue to reflect local needs and provide the best quality healthcare services.