Date lodged: 11 April 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on establishing a network of (a) specialists and (b) centres of excellence to deal with (i) fungal lung conditions and (ii) occupational lung diseases.
Answered by: Shona Robison 8 May 2017
Our Health and Social Care Delivery Plan published in December 2016 sets out our aim for Scotland to provide high quality services with a focus on prevention, early intervention and supported self-management. The plan sits alongside our National Clinical Strategy, which evidenced the need to change the way services are delivered in order to continue meet the healthcare needs of our population, setting out the framework for developing health services in Scotland for the next 10-20 years, including people living with Chronic Respiratory Disease.
Respiratory Managed Clinical Networks exist in most NHS Boards, bringing together healthcare professionals from primary, secondary and tertiary care. They work with people affected by respiratory conditions including occupational lung disease to deliver high quality, person centred treatment and services, following national and local guidelines.
The Scottish Government is working closely with the Respiratory National Advisory Group on the development of a Respiratory Health: Quality Improvement Plan for Scotland. This plan will provide a framework to NHS Boards in the prevention, early detection and treatment of respiratory conditions, within Scotland, including the referral and diagnosis of Occupational Lung Disease.