Work Programme

Health and Sport Committee

Work Programme 2018

 The Health and Sport Committee have agreed to undertake the following pieces of work in 2018.  Full details and timings will, unless shown, be agreed during the year and may be subject to change.

Preventative Agenda Inquiry

This work will build upon the Christie Commission recommendations and the work of the Parliament’s Finance Committee (in session 3) and seek to identify the extent to which the principles of preventative spend are being adopted within Health. 

The Committee issued a call for views from 3 to 28 February 2017 and received 67 submissions. Initial evidence sessions were held on 21 March and 9 May 2017.

This Inquiry is being taken forward through a number of one-off evidence sessions which aim to focus on particular areas of public health activity to ascertain how far that activity is addressing the preventative agenda.

Full details of the Inquiry can be found on the Preventative Agenda Inquiry webpage.

Approach to NHS Governance

The Committee is looking to explore the culture of the NHS and the way this impacts on patients. The Committee plans to look at a number of issues related to this theme including how change is managed in the NHS and the impact this has on staff.

The inquiry aims to ascertain how well NHS Scotland’s policies and systems are operating to deliver good governance and create a culture of improvement.

The Committee’s work will consider three main strands to NHS Governance:

Phase 1 - Staff governance

The Committee issued a call for written view which ran from 15 February until 15 March 2017. 18 submissions were received.

The Committee held formal evidence sessions at its meetings on 30 May 2017, 13 June 2017, 19 September 2017 and 26 September 2017

The Committee held three informal evidence sessions. The first session was with NHS Scotland patients. Members reported back on their findings at the Committee meeting on the 21 March. The second session was with NHS frontline staff. Members reported back on their findings at the Committee meeting on the 28 March 2017. The third session was with NHS senior managers. Members reported back on their findings at the Committee meeting on the 25 April 2017.

Phase 2 - Clinical governance

The Committee issued a call for written views which ran from 23 June until 9 August 2017. 50 submissions were received.  

The Committee held an informal evidence session with NHS patients on 7 November 2017.  This was followed by formal evidence sessions on 14 November 2017, 21 November 2017, 28 November 2017 and 12 December 2017.

Phase 3 - Corporate governance

The Committee issued a call for written views which ran from 9 January until 7 February 2018. You can read the submissions received here.

The Committee held a formal evidence session on 20 February and will hold a further one on 27 February 2018.

The Committee expects to produce a Report on all three strands by the summer.

Full details of the Inquiry can be found on the NHS Governance Inquiry webpage.

Budget Inquiry

At the start of the session, the Committee agreed to adopt a full year budgeting approach, building an element of budget scrutiny into all aspects of its work, as detailed in its 2nd report, 2016 (Session 5) Health and Social Care Integration Budgets.

The Committee has sought to remove the direct link between the Scottish Government’s draft budget and its budget scrutiny with a view to using evidence gathered throughout the year to influence the content of future draft budgets and the relative priorities given to the health elements.

In previous years, Committee budget reports have been prepared following the Draft Budget. The Committee took a different approach last year, publishing a report following its inquiry into HSCP budgets on 30 November 2016, in advance of the Draft Budget. Given that there is likely to be limited time following the budget publication in future years, the Committee has agreed again to prepare its main budget report in advance of the budget publication.  This will relate to the wider health and sport budget, of which the integration authority budgets would form a part.  In taking this approach, the budget report will not be commenting on budget allocations, but will seek to inform budget decisions in advance of these allocations being announced.

The Committee issued a call for views on draft budget 2018-19 on 15 June which ran until 26 July 2017. 47 submissions were received.

The Committee held formal evidence sessions on 12 September and 19 September 2017.

The Committee published its 13th report, 2017 (Sesion 5) "Looking ahead to the Scottish Government Health and Sport Draft Budget 2018-19: A call for greater transparency" on 13 November 2017.

Further formal evidence sessions will be held in relation to the 2019-2020 budget on 22 May and 29 May 2018 and it is likely a call for views will be issued in due course.

The Committee expects to produce a further budget report in Autumn 2018.

Full details of the Inquiry can be found on the Draft Budget 2018-19 webpage.

Impact of leaving the European Union on health and social care in Scotland

At its meeting on 28 November 2017 the Committee agreed to hold an inquiry into the impact of leaving the EU on health and social care in Scotland.

The Committee will consider what the NHS and social care in Scotland could look like post-Brexit with a focus on how potential risks could be mitigated and potential opportunities could be realised.

The Committee issued a call for views which ran from 11 December 2017 to 25 January 2018. 41 submissions were received.

Formal evidence sessions are scheduled for 6 March, 13 March and 20 March 2018.

Full details of the Inquiry can be found on the Impact of leaving the European Union on health and social care in Scotland webpage.

Scrutiny of NHS Health Boards

At the beginning of the session the Committee agreed to carry out one-off evidence sessions with the special health boards and regulatory public bodies. As organisations that receive public funds they fall to be held accountable by the Health and Sport Committee in relation to their performance, value for money and meeting of objectives. Following evidence sessions with some of the regulatory public bodies and special NHS Boards in January and May 2017, the Committee agreed to carry out one-off evidence sessions with all territorial Health Boards.

The timetable of evidence sessions with NHS Health Boards is as follows:-

>Ayrshire and Arran - 5 December 2017
>Forth Valley - 16 January 2018
>Lothian - provisional date of 24 April 2018
>Dumfries and Galloway - provisional date of 15 May 2018
>Greater Glasgow and Clyde - date to be confirmed
>Orkney, Shetland and Western Isles - date to be confirmed
>Borders - date to be confirmed
>Lanarkshire - date to be confirmed
>Highland - date to be confirmed
>Fife - date to be confirmed
>Grampian - date to be confirmed
>Tayside - date to be confirmed

Full details and all subsequent correspondence issued can be found on the Scrutiny of NHS Health Boards webpage.

Legislation

The Committee is expecting to be required to consider the following pieces of legislation during the course of the year:

  • Safe Staffing Levels Bill
  • Organ Donation Bill