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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-11712: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 October 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the report by Health Improvement Scotland, which stated that there is a 'lack of strategic leadership and governance of the management of food, fluid and nutrition at Borders General [Hospital]".

Answered by: Shona Robison 25 October 2017

5 October 2017, it is disappointing that services have fallen short of the high standards that patients have a right to expect. It is also concerning that leadership and governance issues were identified during the inspection and that they have impacted on patient care. I have spoken with the Chair of NHS Borders to make clear my concerns about the report's findings.

NHS Borders has sought the support of Healthcare Improvement Scotland for their work in improving patient care and to address issues highlighted in the inspection. Both organisations, along with Scottish Government officials including the Chief Nursing Officer, are working together to support the NHS Borders senior team in making the necessary improvements in care.