Date lodged: 27 June 2017
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5T-00624 by Shona Robison on 27 June 2017 (Official Report, c. 10), what its position is on whether the development of a national NHS workforce plan would have helped to prevent the closures in recent years of the children's ward at St John's Hospital to inpatients.
Answered by: Shona Robison 25 July 2017
The National Health and Social care Workforce Plan will help to address workforce planning requirements for the NHSScotland workforce, ensuring the delivery of safe and sustainable local, regional and national clinical services. NHS Lothian continues to implement the new model of care agreed with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and we can advise that five consultants are now in post working between the Royal Hospital for Sick Children and St John’s Hospital. We have also asked the Chief Medical Officer, National Clinical Director and NHSScotland Director of Performance to support NHS Lothian to ensure the services it provides including the in-patient paediatric ward remains safe and sustainable in the long term.