Date lodged: 8 February 2017
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the recommendations set out in the report, The Best Start: A Five-Year Forward Plan for Maternity and Neonatal Care in Scotland, what investment it is providing to support transport services for neonatal care.
Answered by: Aileen Campbell 2 March 2017
Work is underway to plan for implementation of the recommendations in The Best Start. We will take this planning work forward in partnership with boards, including the Scottish Ambulance Service to develop a comprehensive understanding of the resource implications of the recommendations.
The Scottish Ambulance Service, through funding from the Scottish Government and NHS boards, deliver the ScotSTAR (Scottish Specialist Transport and Retrieval) Service. The service undertakes all neonatal transfers providing a safe and dedicated transport service for a group who, because of their clinical condition, may require an augmented clinical team during transport.