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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-11555: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 26 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its investment has been in dermatology services in each of the last 10 years, broken down by NHS board.

Answered by: Shona Robison 24 October 2017

The Scottish Government does not hold this information. The allocation of spend is determined by territorial Health Boards. The Scottish Government’s role is to provide policies, frameworks and resources to NHS Boards to allow them to deliver services that meet the needs of their local populations.

The Scottish Government Modern Outpatient Programme recently invested £80,500 to update and improve nineteen national dermatological pathways in collaboration with Dermatology and Primary Care practitioners. Education events were held across Scotland to promote the pathways amongst clinicians. As a part of this funding, an app has been developed which allows clinicians to access the pathways easily and quickly from their smartphones or surgery computers.