Date lodged: 1 March 2017
To ask the Scottish Government which NHS buildings have been identified as being at risk of structural defects similar to those identified in the report on Edinburgh school buildings by John Cole, broken down by level of risk, and what action it will take to ensure that all affected NHS buildings are made safe.
Answered by: Shona Robison 8 March 2017
Health Boards in Scotland are in the process of planning and conducting inspections of Healthcare Facilities in response to the guidance produced by the Scottish Futures Trust in response to the issue at the Edinburgh schools. At this point, there is no report of any NHS building being 'at risk'. Should any deficiency be identified from the planned surveys, Health Boards will take remedial action in an appropriate manner and timescale. It should be noted that inspections are precautionary in nature and the health facilities being inspected are all operational and timely survey work must be balanced against any disruption to essential service provision. This is particularly challenging for health facilities as intrusive surveys would often require a ward or facility to be closed.