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S5W-12438: Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 3 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the Ministerial Statement from the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport on 2 November 2016, during which, in response to a question regarding whether she would publish a national workforce plan and present an update to the Parliament every six months, she said “I am happy to take on board Donald Cameron’s suggestion about six-monthly updates and to look at whether they can be delivered” (Official Report, c. 24), whether it plans to do this.

Answered by: Shona Robison 16 November 2017

We published Part 1 of the National Health and Social Care Workforce Plan on 28 June 2017, and we will publish Part 2 on social care jointly with COSLA in the near future, with Part 3 on Primary Care to follow the conclusion of General Medical Services contract negotiations.

We have sought to keep Parliament regularly updated on progress with workforce planning and we will continue to do so on a regular basis, including on development of future iterations and implementation of the workforce plan.

In addition we will be writing to the UK Government to offer our input on the workforce strategy recently announced by the Secretary of State for Health, and seeking clarification on the immigration and free movement matters vital to recruiting and retaining the staff we need to deliver future NHSScotland services.