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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-16062: Liz Smith (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 19 April 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what communications it had with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator between 24 June 2014 and 4 April 2018 regarding the use of NHS Tayside’s charitable funds.

Answered by: Shona Robison 3 May 2018

After becoming aware of the endowment fund issue in NHS Tayside on 3 April 2018, Scottish Government officials contacted the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR). On 5 April 2018, Scottish Government officials discussed with OSCR the fact that we would be seeking assurance from all NHS Boards on the use of endowment funds. NHS Scotland Chief Executive Paul Gray wrote to OSCR on 12 April 2018 to request a view from OSCR on the responses that we will receive. Once OSCR have concluded their investigation of NHS Tayside and reviewed the Board returns, we will work with them to review any lessons learned and any further actions required to strengthen the governance of endowment funds.