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S5W-04512: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 4 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether the Chief Executive Letter, CEL 12, which relates to hospice funding, will apply to new integration joint boards

Answered by: Shona Robison 17 November 2016

In 2015, the year before integration went live, the Scottish Government published statutory guidance on strategic commissioning setting out that each Partnership's strategic commissioning plan should be based upon a Strategic Needs Assessment of local people, including those with palliative and end of life care needs.

The strategic commissioning plan sets out how Partnerships will plan and deliver services for their area over the medium term, using the integrated budgets under their control. This includes palliative and end of life care services.

Within this wider context NHS boards remain responsible for the procurement of palliative and end of life services, including those provided by Hospices. Therefore the procurement arrangements set out CEL 12 (2012), remain relevant and applicable. There are therefore no plans to update and/or reissue the Chief Executive Letter, CEL 12 (2012).