Date lodged: 24 April 2018
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answers to questions S5W-13337 and S5W-15569 by Shona Robison on 20 February and 18 April 2018 respectively, what its response is to reports of some NHS boards carrying out priority surgery for one sixth of the year, and what analysis it has made of the impact that this might have on patients.
Answered by: Shona Robison 4 May 2018
It is for Boards to ensure that their local plans enables them to continue to provide safe and effective care for patients. Many Boards increase capacity prior to winter to compensate for a planned reduction in activity over the festive period and into January.