Date lodged: 24 April 2018
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to questions S5W-13337 and S5W-15569 by Shona Robison on 20 February and 18 April 2018 respectively, what discussions it has had with (a) NHS Grampian and (b) other NHS boards regarding the organising and scheduling of hospital admissions during the winter months; what targets it has set, and what standard of patient care it expects.
Answered by: Shona Robison 4 May 2018
The Scottish Government has detailed discussions with Boards to help strengthen their winter plans throughout the year. However, the organising and scheduling of admissions is a matter for Boards and many Boards increase capacity prior to winter to compensate for a planned reduction in activity over the festive period and into January.
Boards plans need to provide an effective level of capacity and funding to the meet expected demand on their service whilst ensuring safe and effective care for patients.