Date lodged: 9 January 2018
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-13253 by Shona Robison on 8 January 2017, what its position is on reported concerns that, by referring to St John's Hospital only and not other A&E departments in NHS Lothian, the news release of 17 November 2017, Waiting Times at NHS Lothian, lacked transparency by giving the impression that only issues at St John's Hospital were under review.
Answered by: Shona Robison 1 February 2018
I will refer the member back to my response on 8 January. But for absolute clarity, I instructed NHS Lothian to carry out a full investigation across the three acute hospitals, despite the allegation being made against St Johns hospital. The news release, which I cleared, was in response to the news release issued on 17 November by NHS Lothian in relation to reporting practices surrounding waiting times targets at St Johns hospital.