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S5W-20419: Alexander Stewart (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 6 December 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answers to questions S5O-02462 by Jeanne Freeman on 24 October 2018 (Official Report, c. 5) and S5W-20199 by Joe FitzPatrick on 5 December 2018, whether it will confirm what progress has been made in its discussions with Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, and by what date it will announce its decision regarding whether it will invest in a universal and equal right to pulmonary rehabilitation for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 18 December 2018

In line with the Charter of Patient Rights and Responsibilities, which sets out that everyone has the right to have their needs taken into account when receiving NHS services in Scotland, there is already a lot of work underway to help people with long term respiratory conditions to live well.

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland are fully involved in the discussions that will inform the development of the Respiratory Care Action Plan for Scotland, which we aim to publish in 2019. The Plan will raise awareness and drive improvement in outcomes for people with all long-term respiratory conditions. Improving access to pulmonary rehabilitation for everyone who may benefit from it will form an important part of this Plan.

We have funded the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland to deliver A Local Information System for Scotland (ALISS). This is a web-based resource co-produced with a range of people that connects people living with long term conditions including COPD, with sources of help and support within their communities. ALISS currently has 5,186 services on its system. These range from local to wider national services. It can be accessed by individuals or care professionals.