Scrutiny of NHS Health Boards


About the Inquiry

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 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 focus is on performance against Local Delivery Plans (LDPs) and the following will be asked of all NHS Health Boards to whom the invitation to give evidence is extended:

• to make a submission setting out their progress in current (or, if recently concluded, previous) period in delivering their LDPs;
• the performance and progress of their Integrated Joint Boards;
• to submit their most recent annual review self-assessment and feedback letter from the Cabinet Secretary/Ministers; and
• to submit their Local Performance Reports.


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

  • Ayrshire and Arran - 5 December 2017
  • Forth Valley - 16 January 2018 
  • Lothian - 24 April 2018
  • Greater Glasgow and Clyde - provisional date of 8 May
  • Orkney, Shetland and Western Isles - date to be confirmed
  • Dumfries and Galloway - 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


To date the following sessions have been held:

17 January 2017 - SPSO and the Care Inspectorate

24 January 2017 - Scottish Health Council and sportscotland

31 January 2017 - Healthcare Improvement Scotland

9 May 2017 - NHS National Waiting Times Centre (Golden Jubilee Hospital)

16 May 2017 - NHS Health Scotland

23 May 2017 - Scottish Ambulance Service

5 December 2017 - NHS Ayrshire and Arran

Following the evidence session on 5 December the Committee issued a letter to John Burns, Chief Executive:

16 January 2018 - NHS Forth Valley

Following the evidence on 16 January the Committee issued a letter to Cathie Cowan, Chief Executive: