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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-22372: Tom Mason (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 26 March 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-21814 by Jeane Freeman on 5 March 2019, what the proposed NHS staffing legislation, to be used in conjunction with unannounced Healthcare Improvement Scotland inspections, will involve.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 15 April 2019

The aim of Health and Care (Staffing) Bill is to provide a statutory basis for the provision of appropriate staffing in health and care service settings, enabling safe and high quality care and improved outcomes for service users. The Bill requires Health Boards to follow a common staffing method when determining staffing in specified health care settings, this includes the use of staffing level and professional judgement tools and takes into account local context and clinical advice to identify the workload required to meet the needs of patients. The Bill will also require Boards to have real-time staffing assessment and risk escalation processes in place. The sum effect of these provisions is that the Health Boards will generate evidence of workload, staffing decisions and risk mitigation which will be available, alongside information on quality of care, to HIS when an inspection is carried out.