Date lodged: 17 May 2018
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the entitlement to augmentative and alternative communication equipment under the Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc. and Care) (Scotland) Act 2016, what steps it is taking to provide appropriate guidance for NHS boards to ensure that the provision of communication equipment is guaranteed and timely.
Answered by: Maureen Watt 31 May 2018
NHS Boards have a legislative duty to give children and adults, across all care groups, who have lost their voice, cannot speak or who have difficulty speaking, a right to the provision of communication equipment and support in using that equipment.
To support the implementation of the legislative duty guidance on the Vision, Principles and Definition of Communication Equipment and Support in using that equipment has been developed in collaboration with stakeholders and is due to be published by June 2018.