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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S6W-02526
Asked by: Monica Lennon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour
Date lodged: 1 September 2021

Question

To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with (a) the Chief Executive of the NHS and (b) each NHS board regarding pulmonary rehabilitation services.

Current status: Answered by Maree Todd on 14 September 2021


Answer

Access to pulmonary rehabilitation is a key recommendation in national clinical guidelines which we expect NHS Boards to follow. Improving access to pulmonary rehab is also a key commitment within our Respiratory Care Action Plan (RCAP), which can be found at https://www.gov.scot/publications/respiratory-care-action-plan-scotland-2021-2026/ .

The Plan sets out our vision for driving improvement in the prevention, diagnosis, care, treatment and support of people living with respiratory conditions. As we develop the work plan for the implementation of the RCAP, we will be liaising with key stakeholders within health and social care, including the chief executive.

As part of the work to deliver the Framework for supporting people through Recovery and Rehabilitation during and after the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have undertaken a significant period of scoping and engaging with NHS boards. A recent self-assessment tool was sent to all teams providing rehabilitation services, including health, social and third sector teams providing pulmonary rehabilitation. Results from this are being analysed and recommendations will form the basis of a work plan to improve access and outcomes.