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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-12323: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 6 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its response to the finding in the national inpatient experience survey that 39% of the people surveyed said that they felt they were not involved in decisions about their care or treatment as much as they would have liked.

Answered by: Shona Robison 20 November 2017

The Chief Medical Officer’s reports, Realistic Medicine and Realising Realistic Medicine, seek to put the person receiving healthcare at the centre of decision-making and create a personalised approach to their care. Realistic medicine aims to reduce harm, waste and unwarranted variation, all while managing risks and innovating to improve.

One of the actions arising from the Health and Social Care Delivery Plan in support of this is to review the consent process for patients in Scotland with the General Medical Council and Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and make recommendations for implementation from 2018 onwards. This is a key element in supporting shared decision making and transforming the relationship between individuals and medical professionals.

In addition, our world-leading action plans on health literacy are working to build the skills, confidence, knowledge and understanding that people need to cope with the complex demands of the health and care system. This is vital to supporting people’s greater involvement in decisions about their care and treatment.