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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-09969: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 27 June 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to tackle the incidence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Answered by: Shona Robison 17 July 2017

Smoking is the cause of almost all chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Scotland, and the action being taken through the Scottish Government's tobacco control strategy - Creating a Tobacco-free Generation - is reducing smoking rates which will help tackle the incidence of COPD. Plans to reduce the incidence further include: targeted campaigns on the effectiveness of stop-smoking services and the harms of second-hand smoke; and the introduction of offences for smoking around hospital buildings and the move to make prisons tobacco-free.

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.

These policies will be complimented by the existing work to implement the tobacco control strategy and the development of Respiratory Health: Quality Improvement Plan. We are working closely with the Respiratory National Advisory Group to support local improvement in respiratory diagnosis, treatment and care through the Plan.