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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5O-02635: Fulton MacGregor (Coatbridge and Chryston)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 21 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what monitoring it undertakes to ensure that NHS boards provide the necessary support and equipment for people who have speech and other communication difficulties.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 29 November 2018

NHS Boards have a legislative duty to provide children and adults who have lost their voice or have difficulty speaking, a right to the provision of communication equipment and support in using that equipment.

The Scottish Government recently introduced guidance and a national pathway to support the legislation, and officials are working closely with executive leads in boards to support implementation of the legislative duty.

Officials are also working with stakeholders to build an overall picture of people who use Assisted and Augmentative Communication who are known to services as well as exploring whether there are any gaps.