Shona Robison MSP

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Shona Robison MSP

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  • Member for: Dundee City East
  • Region: North East Scotland
  • Party: Scottish National Party

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Parliamentary Activities

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Meeting of the Parliament 18 December 2014 : Thursday, December 18, 2014
Shona Robison

Elaine Smith will be aware that there has already been extensive consultation with stakeholders. During the three-month consultation, we expect NHS Lanarkshire to ensure that people in communities who could be affected have the information and support that they need to play a full part in the process. I am sure that Elaine Smith and her constituents will do just that.

NHS Lanarkshire must demonstrate that it has held a wide-ranging consultation that has taken all reasonable steps to take account of any differences of view—which there are, as Elaine Smith as highlighted. Throughout the process, the Scottish health council will work closely with the board to make sure that it adheres to the proper engagement process. If the board wishes to proceed with the proposal to change services following the consultation, it should enclose the Scottish health council’s assessment report when submitting its proposal to the Scottish ministers for their approval in due course.

I am sure that Elaine Smith will find her way of influencing that consultation. Of course, the proposal will come to me at some stage in the process should the board proceed, but I am happy to continue a dialogue with Elaine Smith if she would find that helpful.



Meeting of the Parliament 18 December 2014 : Thursday, December 18, 2014
The Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport (Shona Robison)

All territorial national health service boards are responsible for the design, delivery and management of out-of-hours services for their population. NHS health boards are responsible for ensuring an accessible process of public consultation is employed for any proposed service changes that may affect users. NHS Lanarkshire has informed us of its plans for public consultation on changes to its out-of-hours services. It has also informed the Scottish health council, whose role is to ensure that its patient engagement responsibility is honoured.



Meeting of the Parliament 18 December 2014 : Thursday, December 18, 2014
Shona Robison

We are looking at how we can fill consultant vacancies across the whole NHS in Scotland.

One reason why we have consultant vacancies is the fact that we have more consultant posts to fill because of the massive expansion in the number of posts, including consultant posts, across the health service. The consultant establishment in Scotland has grown massively. There are record numbers of consultants, but it is harder to fill posts in some specialities, particularly emergency medicine.

We have responded to that situation in a number of ways. For example, a number of NHS boards have established local medical banks services, which have been very good indeed, and we also looking at ways of improving working lives and the work-life balance. We are also improving junior doctors’ working hours—there have been recent announcements about limiting the number of days and nights that they can work.

I will be looking at how else we can ensure that we fill these vacancies, which have arisen from the background of there being more posts than ever before.



Meeting of the Parliament 18 December 2014 : Thursday, December 18, 2014
Shona Robison

I hope that Richard Simpson is not trying to deter consultants from taking up posts in the Scottish health service, as that would be a very negative thing to do.



Meeting of the Parliament 18 December 2014 : Thursday, December 18, 2014
Shona Robison

The board has advised us that there may be a recent case whereby a consultant resigned due to the inability to undertake private work. However, the board has just started a new piece of work to measure and improve knowledge about its workforce. That work started approximately two months ago, and the board has undertaken to keep us up to date on progress.

We are undertaking a large amount of work on the key specialisms that have the highest vacancy levels and the least attractive posts. We recognise that we need to do more to ensure that those posts are made more attractive, particularly in remote and rural areas. I will write to the member with some of the detail of that work.



Meeting of the Parliament 18 December 2014 : Thursday, December 18, 2014
The Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport (Shona Robison)

NHS Scotland offers consultant staff the opportunity to work in a world-class healthcare system in modern and well-equipped hospitals and on competitive terms and conditions that offer a good work-life balance. We will continue to look at how we can attract the best talent to NHS Scotland, and we will monitor the situation to see whether the direction of travel in England is having any impact on our ability to recruit to vacant posts.



Meeting of the Parliament 11 December 2014 : Thursday, December 11, 2014
Shona Robison

I reassure the member that NHS Lanarkshire has prepared contingency plans. It is working hard to resolve some of the issues that the member has outlined.

Some of the recruitment difficulties that NHS Lanarkshire is facing are not unique to NHS Lanarkshire. There are challenges in some of the specialisms, not least emergency medicine, as is well known.

The workforce at NHS Lanarkshire is up by more than 11 per cent since 2006, and GP numbers in the area have increased by more than 7 per cent. Although there are challenges—which I absolutely recognise; we are in close contact with NHS Lanarkshire to support them in overcoming those challenges—we have a record number of staff, and it is a matter of helping NHS Lanarkshire to work through the issues that have been identified.



Meeting of the Parliament 11 December 2014 : Thursday, December 11, 2014
The Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport (Shona Robison)

The Scottish Government works with all NHS boards including NHS Lanarkshire and key stakeholders to support their efforts in staff recruitment from Scotland, elsewhere in the United Kingdom and outwith those areas. The Scottish Government is supporting NHS Lanarkshire in aligning its staff to meet patient demand and in implementing a number of site-specific actions.



Meeting of the Parliament 11 December 2014 : Thursday, December 11, 2014
Shona Robison

I am sure that Elaine Smith understands that there are a number of legal issues to be explored. That is why I have asked the Scottish Futures Trust to undertake a review of the situation, consider all of the options and ensure that NHS Lanarkshire has explored all of the options that are available to it.

Such situations are not easy in light of the contracts that are in place. However, I hope that I made it clear through my answer to Elaine Smith and my previous answer to Linda Fabiani that the reason why I have asked the Scottish Futures Trust to consider the matter is to examine whether there are any options that NHS Lanarkshire could take. We have to await the results of that review, which I have urged the Scottish Futures Trust to undertake as quickly as possible.



Meeting of the Parliament 11 December 2014 : Thursday, December 11, 2014
Shona Robison

It has been made very clear to NHS Lanarkshire that the findings of the report into cleanliness standards must be addressed as a matter of urgency. We are reassured that action has been, and is being, taken to do that.

I am well aware of the concerns that Unison has raised. Yesterday, I met Lilian Macer, who is the employee director at NHS Lanarkshire, to inform her of the action that I have taken as set out in my first answer. We need to allow that to take its course.

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

S4M-11901.3 Neil Findlay: Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce—As an amendment to motion S4M-11901
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S4M-11901.1 Mary Scanlon: Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce—As an amendment to motion S4M-11901
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S4M-11830.2 John Swinney: The Smith Commission—As an amendment to motion S4M-11830 in the name of Ru
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S4M-11830 Ruth Davidson: The Smith Commission—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Sm
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Amendment 6 moved by Dr Richard Simpson on motion S4M-11826 Maureen Watt: Food (Scotland) Bill—That
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S4M-11825.3 Claire Baker: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the n
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S4M-11825.2 Jamie McGrigor: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the
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S4M-11825.1 Tavish Scott: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the n
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S4M-11825 Richard Lochhead: End of Year Fish Negotiations—That the Parliament welcomes the successfu
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S4M-11763.3 Margaret Burgess: Private Sector Rent Reform—As an amendment to motion S4M-11763 in the
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YesCarried

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Motion S4M-11766.3: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 02/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11030: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29/09/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10736: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 05/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10257: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 09/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09293.1: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08879: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28/01/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08797: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/01/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08612: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16/12/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08546: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 09/12/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-07808: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/09/2013 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S3W-26491: Shona Robison, Dundee East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 14/08/2009 Show Full Question >>
Question S2O-12337: Shona Robison, Dundee East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 07/03/2007 Show Full Question >>
Question S2W-32069: Shona Robison, Dundee East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 27/02/2007 Show Full Question >>
Question S2W-32068: Shona Robison, Dundee East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 27/02/2007 Show Full Question >>
Question S2W-32067: Shona Robison, Dundee East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 27/02/2007 Show Full Question >>
Question S2W-32076: Shona Robison, Dundee East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 27/02/2007 Show Full Question >>
Question S2W-32073: Shona Robison, Dundee East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 27/02/2007 Show Full Question >>
Question S2W-32077: Shona Robison, Dundee East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 27/02/2007 Show Full Question >>
Question S2W-31964: Shona Robison, Dundee East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 23/02/2007 Show Full Question >>
Question S2W-31967: Shona Robison, Dundee East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 23/02/2007 Show Full Question >>

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