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S5W-13660: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 4 January 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made with its review of pathology and laboratory medicine services, and when it expects the review will be completed.

Answered by: Shona Robison 18 January 2018

The review of pathology and laboratory medicine services forms a strand of the NHS National Services Scotland Shared Service programme of work. A strategy paper outlining the future direction of laboratories in Scotland was presented to the NHS Chief Executives Group on 8 August 2017 and this was subsequently approved. Three projects have progressed as part of the Shared Services laboratories programme; IT Connectivity, Data and the design of a Distributed Service Model.

The review of IT Connectivity and Data will be complete by the end of March 2018 with recommendations to be submitted to the NHS Chief Executives Group on 10 April 2018. Work continues with nominated laboratory leads from the three regions to align the national and regional work plans to design a Distributed Service Model for laboratories in Scotland.

Laboratory medicine is critical to NHS in supporting the delivery of high quality patient care. There is an opportunity to use the significant resources available to Health Boards to deliver laboratory services in a way that is more efficient, effective, equitable, resilient and affordable.