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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-16092: Tom Mason (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 24 April 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to questions S5W-13337 and S5W-15569 by Shona Robison on 20 February and 18 April 2018 respectively, whether it will provide the information that was requested regarding whether all NHS boards undertake priority surgery for one sixth of the year.

Answered by: Shona Robison 4 May 2018

The Scottish Government 'Preparing for Winter' guidance advises NHS Boards to take a balanced approach to the effective planning and scheduling of elective and unscheduled care and to consider the impact that this is likely to have across the wider healthcare system. Emphasis is placed on predicted emergency activity over the festive period, when any surge in respiratory and circulatory admissions over the winter can increase pressures, particularly towards the end of December and into January and February. It is for individual Boards to decide the likely reduction in elective activity during that period whilst ensuring they maintain sufficient activity to continue to treat priority patient such as those undergoing cancer treatment. The current winter planning guidance can be found at

NHS Board publish their winter plans on the respective websites.