Date lodged: 22 January 2018
To ask the Scottish Government which NHS boards have access to specialist nurses for patients who have primary lymphoedema.
Answered by: Shona Robison 1 February 2018
Clinical nurse specialists make a valued contribution to delivering services and supporting patients and families who require specialist care. The Scottish Government has invested £2.5 million annually in the Specialist Nursing and Care Fund since 2015.
The Scottish Government has overall responsibility for health and social care policy in Scotland, however the statutory responsibility for delivering or commissioning services at a local level lies with local authorities, NHS Boards and integrated health and social care partnerships. Operational decisions, including whether there is a need for primary lymphoedema specialist nurses, are therefore matters for these bodies.