Date lodged: 8 October 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to concerns regarding the impact on patients of a lack of myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN) clinical nurse specialists, and whether it will provide an update on plans to recruit more.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 15 November 2018
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. From 2015 the Scottish Government provided additional financial support to enhance clinical nurse specialist provision and care. The report on specialist nursing and care fund published in September 2017 can be accessed here https://www.gov.scot/publications/report-specialist-nursing-care-fund/ . Operational decisions, including the care of people with myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN) and whether there is a need for additional MPN specialist nurses, are therefore matters for these bodies. To date, NHS Boards have not raised any concerns with me about a lack of MPN specialist nurses.