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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-13215: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 8 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how it will ensure that its investment to support NHS winter resilience will lead to positive outcomes for patients.

Answered by: Shona Robison 23 January 2018

The Scottish Government has invested record levels of additional funding this year of £22.4 million to support unscheduled care and winter pressures. Despite the recent winter pressures impacting on A&E departments, Scotland’s performance for the year to November 2017 was 93.8%; core A&E departments continue to be the best performing in UK for more than two and a half years.

We have worked closely with our partners to support the development of winter planning and had the opportunity to see the plans and offer comment on these where. It is important to highlight that Scotland has gone into the winter in a strong position as a result of the planning, the work we have done with our emergency departments through our improvement programme and through health and social care integration, which ultimately leads to positive outcomes for patients.

We will, as in previous years, commence a routine review of winter, and in addition to this we will work with the local teams through our improvement work to identify what worked and what worked less well during these last few weeks so that we can learn lessons from this and ensure that this learning is fully captured in future planning.