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Chamber and committees

Question reference: S6W-12566

  • Asked by: Gillian Mackay, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: 25 November 2022
  • Current status: Answered by Maree Todd on 7 December 2022


To ask the Scottish Government whether it will support the introduction of a SIGN guideline on Huntington’s disease by working with NICE and the UK and devolved governments and agencies in order to share expertise and contribute to UK-wide coverage tailored to each health and social care system.


SIGN guidelines are produced by Health Improvement Scotland’s (HIS) evidence directory and we understand there are no plans by HIS to publish a SIGN guideline on Huntington’s Disease at present.

SIGN guidelines are produced in collaboration with clinicians, other health and social care professionals, patient organisations and individuals. The prioritisation and development of SIGN guidelines is evidence based.

The member may find it helpful to view the documents contained on the evidence page of HIS’s website: Evidence: Advice, guidance and intelligence ( , which provides information and guidance on how requests for the development of guidelines are assessed, and how and evidence-based decisions are made.

Any group or individual in Scotland can propose a guideline topic to SIGN and SIGN welcome requests to provide evidence or analysis on clinical issues regarding Huntington’s Disease care.