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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-17705: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 16 July 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to increase the number of myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN) clinical nurse specialists.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 31 July 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 over £2.4 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 myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN) specialist nurses, are therefore matters for these bodies.