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 children's ward at St John's Hospital will not be closed to inpatients in future years.
Answered by: Shona Robison 19 July 2017
The Scottish Government fully expects NHS Lothian to ensure services are staffed appropriately to meet their service provision responsibility and to deliver high quality and sustainable services to meet the needs of the local population, in this instance, West Lothian.
NHS Lothian is engaging with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health to evaluate progress against the College’s Report of 2016 and to receive input and advice on possible future solutions. The St John’s paediatric consultants will have a central role in the consideration of possible solutions going forward.
The Scottish Government will continue to support NHS Lothian to ensure the services on offer at the in-patient paediatric ward remains safe and sustainable in the long-term. This includes the Chief Medical Officer, the National Clinical Director and the NHSScotland Director of Performance will providing support to the Board over the coming weeks.
Workforce planning arrangements in NHS Scotland are in place at national, regional and local level to ensure that the right staff are in the right place at the right time; and it is the responsibility of NHS Boards to ensure services are staffed to support the delivery of safe, effective and person-centred care.