Shona Robison MSP

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

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Meeting of the Parliament 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
The Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport (Shona Robison)

Ministers and Government officials regularly meet representatives of NHS Fife to discuss matters of importance to local people.



Meeting of the Parliament 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
Shona Robison

I say to Claire Baker that we are already taking significant action. The £100 million for tackling delayed discharge—which I think is a better phrase than bed blocking—over three years will make a huge difference to the partnerships going forward from 1 April. Of course, Fife will get its share of that resource. That is in addition to NHS Fife’s uplift through the NHS Scotland resource allocation committee allocation, which I am sure that the member will want to welcome. Fife’s total budget uplift next year will be £19.5 million.

On seven-day services, I am not sure whether the member is aware that a task force that we established has been looking at seven-day services over the past year. I would suggest that it is better to wait for the recommendations and the information that come out of that expert group. These are people who know what they are talking about and who will inform us on how we develop seven-day services. I suggest that we should wait and see what they have to say.



Meeting of the Parliament 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
Shona Robison

Yes. I think that it is a good model and it provides an opportunity for the integrated partnerships going forward to look at some of the things that have already been successful, whether in Fife or elsewhere.

We should recognise that integration from 1 April provides the biggest reform that we have seen in our public services for a generation. However, it will only be as good as the plans that those partnerships bring forward. I would hope that the type of service that Roderick Campbell has described would feature not only in Fife’s integrated partnership plan, but elsewhere in Scotland as well.



Meeting of the Parliament 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
The Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport (Shona Robison)

NHS Grampian has welcomed the additional £15.2 million from the Scottish Government. It is currently working up plans on how best to use the extra funding for the benefit of its patients.



Meeting of the Parliament 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
Shona Robison

I am more than happy to look into that research in more detail. We should always look at emerging findings from elsewhere. In the meantime, NHS Grampian works in partnership with Moray Council, Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, Police Scotland and third sector partners on suicide prevention strategies and plans. Well-established initiatives are in place across Grampian in a range of community settings. Those follow the choose life strategy, which has been very successful; indeed, other countries have looked at adopting it. The essence of it is that the partners work collaboratively to reduce suicidal behaviour by reviewing data and understanding trends, providing support to those who are affected and working with local community planning partnerships to raise awareness of suicidal behaviour through awareness training.



Meeting of the Parliament 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
Shona Robison

At the annual review, the issue of mental health services of course came up and was well discussed. I expect NHS Grampian to consider across all its services how it can make the improvements that it needs to make and meet the targets and standards that we expect it to meet. That job has been made a lot easier by the acceleration of the NRAC—NHS Scotland resource allocation committee—funding, which will result in an uplift of more than £49 million to NHS Grampian next year. I hope that the member welcomes that.



Meeting of the Parliament 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
The Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport (Shona Robison)

National health service boards are responsible for planning and delivering services to meet the needs of their local population now and in the future. Our 2020 vision sets out a clear strategic direction on how we expect health and social care services to be delivered in the years ahead, and the Scottish Government is working closely with the NHS to make that happen.



Meeting of the Parliament 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
Shona Robison

I am more than happy to write to Annabel Goldie on the specifics and on some of the plans for Bishopton.

On a general note, however, it is very important that we shift the balance of care from the acute to the primary care sector, and we need that to happen more quickly. That requires investment in local services, which is an issue that we will be discussing in this afternoon’s debate on the 2020 vision and as we take forward the plans over the next few months.



Meeting of the Parliament 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
The Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport (Shona Robison)

Almost three months into my job as Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport, I start my speech by saying how proud I am of Scotland’s NHS. In the past few months, the NHS, alongside its partners in the other emergency services, has faced a number of very difficult high-profile emergencies. The George Square tragedy just before Christmas and the on-going challenges with Ebola have demonstrated the tireless compassion and professionalism of our front-line staff and we should be proud of each and every one of them.

The NHS has a good record and I am grateful to be able to highlight once again through this debate the on-going achievements of the NHS and to express my deep appreciation of the tireless efforts of NHS staff in delivering high-quality patient care. That work is universally recognised, not least by the Scottish people, with 89 per cent of in-patients rating their care and treatment positively in 2014, the highest figure since we started surveying patients.

Today the NHS treats a record number of people. Over 1 million people received in-patient treatment during the past year, and there were more than 4.5 million out-patient attendances. Waiting time targets are tougher and the NHS is performing better against those targets than it did previously. Further improvements also continue to be secured in patient safety, with huge reductions in levels of healthcare-associated infection. Since 2007, cases of Clostridium difficile among those aged 65 and over have fallen by 81 per cent, while cases of MRSA are down by 88 per cent.

There has been progress, but there is much more to be done.



Meeting of the Parliament 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
Shona Robison

Mr Stevenson is absolutely right. That is a challenge, and a lot of work has been done on prescribing practices, because we know that some of the prescribing practices for existing antibiotics have exacerbated cases of C difficile. There has been a lot of research and there is now better awareness of how antibiotics influence the patient safety programme, which has been very successful indeed.

The on-going challenges over winter demonstrate the need for our NHS to be flexible and responsive in providing care, and that tells us why integration is key to meeting the needs of individuals, their carers and other family members. The issue of seven-day services that is mentioned in the Labour amendment is one that we are absolutely on top of. We have been working for the past year on seven-day sustainable services. The task force on seven-day services has done excellent work and its emerging conclusions about how we shape the workforce in the NHS and get the capacity in the right place to deliver sustainability for the future will be vital. I am sure that members across the chamber will agree that it would be more sensible to await the task force’s conclusions so that we can make informed decisions about how to best achieve seven-day sustainable services.

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

S4M-12120.1 Jenny Marra: 2020 Vision, the Strategic Forward Direction of the NHS—As an amendment to
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NoDefeated

S4M-12101 John Swinney: Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general prin
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Not VotedCarried

S4M-12095.4 Ken Macintosh: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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NoDefeated

S4M-12095.2 Alex Johnstone: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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NoDefeated

S4M-12095.1 Willie Rennie: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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NoDefeated

S4M-12095 Alex Neil: Tackling Inequalities—That the Parliament agrees that a strong, sustainable eco
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YesCarried

Selection of John Pentland MSP for appointment to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body.
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S4M-12060.2 Hugh Henry: Commending the People who Keep Scotland Safe in Emergencies—As an amendment
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NoDefeated

S4M-12045.3 Shona Robison: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-12045 in the name of Rich
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YesCarried

S4M-12045.2 Jackson Carlaw: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-12045 in the name of Ric
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NoDefeated

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Motion S4M-12120: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-12045.3: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 13/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
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 >>
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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 >>
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Question S2W-31964: Shona Robison, Dundee East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 23/02/2007 Show Full Question >>
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