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S5W-13253: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 7 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to the Urgent Question regarding NHS Lothian waiting times by Shona Robison on 5 December 2017 (Official Report, c. 75), in light of the cabinet secretary's comment that it was “apparent that the concerns were not restricted to St John’s but went across the acute sites in NHS Lothian”, for what reason its news release of 17 November 2017, Waiting Times at NHS Lothian, announced an independent review into A&E waiting times at St John's Hospital only.

Answered by: Shona Robison 8 January 2018

While the whistle-blower raised concerns about St Johns Hospital specifically, NHS Lothian subsequently carried out an internal review of three of its acute hospitals. The independent Review, led by the Professor Derek Bell, will not only investigate the allegations made by the whistle-blower but will also review the findings from NHS Lothian's internal review, including St Johns Hospital, the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and the Western General hospital.

As I said to the member, I expect the review to conclude early in the New Year.