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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S5M-00565

Opposition to Centralisation of Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery

Submitted by: Miles Briggs, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.
Date lodged: Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Supported by: Claire Baker, Jeremy Balfour, Alexander Burnett, Donald Cameron, Jackson Carlaw, Peter Chapman, Alex Cole-Hamilton, Ruth Davidson, Kezia Dugdale, Neil Findlay, Murdo Fraser, Maurice Golden, Iain Gray, Rachael Hamilton, Alison Harris, Alison Johnstone, Liam Kerr, John Lamont, Gordon Lindhurst, Lewis Macdonald, Margaret Mitchell, Edward Mountain, Oliver Mundell, Willie Rennie, Douglas Ross, Alex Rowley, Mark Ruskell, Anas Sarwar, Graham Simpson, Elaine Smith, Liz Smith, Alexander Stewart, David Stewart, Annie Wells, Brian Whittle, Andy Wightman
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, September 7, 2016

That the Parliament expresses its concern at the decision by NHS board chief executives on 21 June 2016 to approve the recommendation of the National Specialist Services Committee to centralise cleft lip and palate surgery in Glasgow; is aware that cleft lip and palate surgical services are currently provided at both the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh and the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow; considers that the Edinburgh team delivers a world class service with high quality care and is aware that the audited outcomes for children following surgery in Edinburgh are extremely high; notes that the Edinburgh unit currently provides care for children living all across eastern Scotland; is aware of concerns among parents and clinicians about the consultation process for this proposed centralisation and that more than 5,700 people have signed an online petition opposing the plans; is further aware that the Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA) has spoken out about the lack of evidence to show that the existing two-site model is not working; is further aware that the Edinburgh unit is due to host the International Congress on Cleft Lip/Palate and Related Craniofacial Anomalies in 2021, and notes calls, given the level of concern among patients, parents and clinicians, for the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport to intervene and pause the centralisation plans to allow further consideration and to ensure that the specialist expertise, knowledge and care that has been built up in Edinburgh is not lost.