Section 23 report - Cardiology services



The Committee received oral evidence from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report on Cardiology Services at its meeting on 29 February 2012. This report comments on how effectively the NHS manages cardiology services, how much is spent and whether patients across Scotland have the same access to services. The report also comments on areas where the efficiency of cardiology services could be improved.

The Committee took oral evidence on this report from a number of witnesses at a Committee meeting on 22 June 2012 at Glasgow City Chambers. The Committee also undertook fact-finding visits in Glasgow to meet and discuss some of the issues raised in the report with GPs and those who provide cardiology services to people in deprived areas and in ethnic minority communities as well as the patients who use these services.

The Committee considered and agreed a draft report, subject to changes to be agreed by correspondence, and agreed arrangements for its publication.



The Committee received evidence from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report at its meeting on 29 February 2012.

The Committee took oral evidence from the following witnesses at its meeting on 22 June 2012:

1. David Clark, Director and Nicola Cotter, Voices Scotland Lead, Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland; Andy Carver, Prevention and Care Adviser, and Lynda Blue, Health Care Professional Projects Manager, British Heart Foundation Scotland.

2. Dr David Murdoch, Consultant Cardiologist, and Dr Jennifer Armstrong, Medical Director, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde; Dr Alison McCallum, Director of Public Health and Public Policy, NHS Lothian; Lynne Ayton, Head of Operations (Regional and National Services), and Professor Keith Oldroyd, Director of Research and Development/Cardiologist, NHS National Waiting Times Centre.

3. Dr Aileen Keel CBE, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, and Dr Barry Vallance, Consultant Cardiologist/Lead Clinician for Heart Disease Scotland, Scottish Government. 

On the morning of 22 June 2012, the Committee undertook the following fact-finding visits:

Group 1. Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland (CHSS): Colin Beattie MSP, Mark Griffin MSP and Tavish Scott MSP met with patients, and support staff to discuss their experiences of the patient pathway (before diagnosis, diagnosis and treatment; and aftercare and rehabilitation).

Group 2. Deep End Project and P3 group: Willie Coffey MSP, Iain Gray MSP and Colin Keir MSP met with Professor Graham Watt, Dr Susan Langridge and Dr Jim O'Neil of the Deep End project, to discuss the challenges facing GPs working to tackle heart disease in the most deprived communities in Scotland. GP experiences of the Keep Well programme were also discussed.

This group also considered questionnaire responses from the Patient Partnership in Practice (P3) group from the Royal College of General Practitioners in Scotland.

Group 3. Keep Well programme and South Asian Anticipatory Care pilot: Mary Scanlon MSP and Humza Yousaf MSP met with practice staff and a patient participating in the Scottish Government’s Keep Well programme. The group also met support staff and a patient involved in the South Asian Anticipatory Care pilot.

Written evidence

The Committee received the following written submissions:


Following consideration of the Auditor General for Scotland report entitled Cardiology services, the Committee has taken oral and written evidence on this report, in particular, focussing on access to cardiology services by those from deprived communities and those from ethnic minority communities.

Read the press release


The Committee published its report on 24 September 2012.

Read the Public Audit Committee's report entitled Cardiology Services

Correspondence from Derek Feeley on 27 November 2012, including Scottish Government formal response (235KB pdf)


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