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Public Audit Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Colin Beattie (Midlothian North and Musselburgh) (SNP)

The committee has come up against data collection deficiencies across the board again and again. The report in front of us is almost entirely data driven, and the conclusions that we take from it are entirely dependent on the quality of the information that is provided. It is a concern that there are inconsistencies across the service that make it difficult for us to do comparisons or to draw the conclusions that we might need to draw. I am sure that you will be addressing that—I hope that you will.



Public Audit Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Colin Beattie

It was said previously that the Scottish Government was encouraging NHS boards to make use of emergency departments and the emergency medical workload tool. How widely used is that tool, and what conclusions have been drawn from its use?



Public Audit Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Colin Beattie

It has been highlighted that a substantial number of people are self-referring to A and E; however accurate the figures are, the number is substantial. As we have heard, there could have been alternative solutions for many of those patients. A lot of them are signposted to other services—for example, primary care and so forth. How confident are we that there is sufficient capacity within those other areas, such as primary care, to deal with the patients who are signposted on?



Public Audit Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Colin Beattie

You say that it is up to the local boards to determine their plans. Is there any consistency of approach and are there guidelines that they have to follow?



Public Audit Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Colin Beattie

I want to continue exploring the issues to do with costs. The original business case was approved in December 2012. Several comments have been made about the delays in getting clarification on the regulations. Is it reasonable to say that it was the clarifications that drove the review of the business case in March 2014? Was that done reasonably timeously?



Public Audit Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Colin Beattie

Almost the entire increase in the overall business case is caused by IT costs. One can be cynical about IT costs, which always seem to work out as a multiple of what was expected, but is it reasonable to say that the virtual doubling of the IT costs relates directly to compliance with the new regulations and a realisation of the complexity in that regard?



Public Audit Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Colin Beattie

However, the increase in costs in the business case is almost entirely IT related and is not to do with the other part of the project. I take it that that is correct, because it is what you said in your report.



Public Audit Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Colin Beattie

Those upgrades were in the original business case and the original IT costs.



Public Audit Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Colin Beattie

The changes to the EC regulations must have been startling, if the IT budget has doubled despite a lot of key elements having been taken out of it, to keep things moving forward. There must have been quite horrific changes.



Public Audit Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Colin Beattie

When did the IT partner come on board?

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S4M-11304.3 Michael Russell: Addressing the Attainment Gap in Scottish Schools—As an amendment to mo
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S4M-11304 Liz Smith: Addressing the Attainment Gap in Scottish Schools—That the Parliament believes
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S4M-11123 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament
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S4M-11114.2 Kenny MacAskill: Policing—As an amendment to motion S4M-11114 in the name of Graeme Pear
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S4M-11114 Graeme Pearson: Policing—That the Parliament acknowledges that policing in Scotland contin
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S4M-11116.1.1 Patrick Harvie: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to amendment S4M-11116.1 in the name
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S4M-11116.1 Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-11116 in the name of Jo
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