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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-12313: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 6 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to Audit Scotland’s comment that the current national performance measures "do not measure quality of care across the whole healthcare system" and "do not provide comprehensive, balanced assessment of the performance of our healthcare system".

Answered by: Shona Robison 20 November 2017

The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that national performance measures across health and social care lead to the best outcomes for people being cared for, whether in hospital or in the community. The Scottish Government, with support from COSLA, commissioned Sir Harry Burns to undertake an independent review of targets and indicators in health and social care to provide recommendations on how we can have a clearly understood measurement framework across the whole health and social care system. The report was published on 15 November and identifies some key principles and recommendations for using and developing targets and indicators going forward.

The Scottish Government will use these principles and recommendations to undertake a further stage of work, with the aim of ensuring a broader based assessment of the overall quality of care.