Date lodged: 2 November 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking in response to reports that the Scottish Cleft Lip and Palate Surgical Service is unable to recruit a locum surgeon; what contingencies are in place to deal with this, and what analysis it has made of the impact of the situation.
Answered by: Shona Robison 16 November 2017
Despite advertising internationally there were no suitable candidates for the locum surgical post.
National Services Division has advised that the two surgeons will still provide the current service and ensure that patients are being managed within clinical protocols. NHS GG&C has confirmed that the surgeons are content with this position and are now supported by a full team of specialist nursing and administrative staff.
The current service will continue to be monitored by NHS GG&C to ensure patients are being managed appropriately and that the impact on the surgeons is being assessed accordingly. This approach is ensuring that all patients receive time appropriate surgery.