Date lodged: 31 March 2017
To ask the Scottish Government how it (a) facilitates and (b) supports clinical expertise and services in treating fungal lung disease.
Answered by: Shona Robison 25 April 2017
While policies, frameworks and resources are provided by the Scottish Government, individual NHS Boards are responsible for planning and funding services in their area and for recruiting the staff to deliver them. It is for NHS Boards to determine their workforce requirements, including provision of training and continuous professional development opportunities, based on the clinical needs and service developments in their area.
Respiratory Managed Clinical Networks (RMCN) exist in most NHS Boards in Scotland. They work to improve the respiratory health and quality of life of patients, ensuring that they have equitable access to high quality respiratory services.
The Respiratory National Advisory Group (RNAG) is an overarching group for the RMCNs to identify and discuss improvements in respiratory care and includes third sector representation.