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Written parliamentary questions can be asked by any MSP to the Scottish Government or the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body. The questions provide a means for MSPs to get factual and statistical information from them.

Written questions must be answered within 10 working days (20 working days during recess). Other questions such as Topical, Portfolio, General and First Minister's Question Times are taken in the Chamber.

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Question ref. S6W-08164

Asked by: Gulhane, Sandesh, Glasgow, Date lodged: 22 April 2022

Submitting member has a registered interest.

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-03513 by Humza Yousaf on 8 November 2021, what development plans it has for Scotland’s genetic laboratories and frontline genetics services, and what investment it will make in the current financial year to support the delivery of any plans.

Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 18 May 2022

Question ref. S6W-08168

Asked by: Gulhane, Sandesh, Glasgow, Date lodged: 22 April 2022

Submitting member has a registered interest.

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will publish a genomic diagnostics strategy, and, if so, when.

Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 18 May 2022

Question ref. S6W-08167

Asked by: Gulhane, Sandesh, Glasgow, Date lodged: 22 April 2022

Submitting member has a registered interest.

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-03514 by Humza Yousaf on 27 October 2021, what engagement the National Services Division and Scottish Genomics Leadership Group are having with the pharmaceutical industry and academia on the design of sustainable genetic laboratories and frontline genetics services that would benefit patients and attract clinical research to Scotland.

Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 16 May 2022

Question ref. S6W-08169

Asked by: Gulhane, Sandesh, Glasgow, Date lodged: 22 April 2022

Submitting member has a registered interest.

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-03517 by Humza Yousaf on 27 October 2021, and the National Services Division review of NHS Scotland’s genomics services, what steps are being taken to align the timing of the publication of advice by the Scottish Medicines Consortium with the commissioning of companion diagnostic tests in order to prevent delays for patients getting advanced therapies.

Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 16 May 2022

Question ref. S6W-08166

Asked by: Gulhane, Sandesh, Glasgow, Date lodged: 22 April 2022

Submitting member has a registered interest.

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-03514 by Humza Yousaf on 27 October 2021, whether the outcome of the National Services Division review of NHS Scotland’s genomics services will be published.

Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 16 May 2022

Question ref. S6W-08163

Asked by: Gulhane, Sandesh, Glasgow, Date lodged: 22 April 2022

Submitting member has a registered interest.

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to ensure that genetic testing is embedded as a standard of care in the treatment pathways for people with cancers.

Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 12 May 2022

Question ref. S6W-08162

Asked by: Gulhane, Sandesh, Glasgow, Date lodged: 22 April 2022

Submitting member has a registered interest.

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the publication of the NHS Workforce Strategy, what level of additional staffing it considers will be needed by Scotland’s genetic laboratories in future years to ensure that patients can benefit from advances in precision treatments, and what steps it is taking to recruit and retain laboratory staff with the necessary skills to undertake, report and advise multi-disciplinary oncology teams on genetic test findings.

Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 12 May 2022

Question ref. S6W-08165

Asked by: Gulhane, Sandesh, Glasgow, Date lodged: 22 April 2022

Submitting member has a registered interest.

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-03514 by Humza Yousaf on 27 October 2021, whether the National Services Division review of NHS Scotland’s genomics services has been completed; (a) whether and (b) what recommendations have been made to the Scottish Genomics Leadership Group, and what actions will be taken on the basis of any recommendations to ensure that appropriate planning and decision-making processes are in place for genetic testing availability in Scotland.

Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 10 May 2022

Question ref. S6W-08129

Asked by: Gulhane, Sandesh, Glasgow, Date lodged: 21 April 2022

Submitting member has a registered interest.

To ask the Scottish Government what percentage of (a) children and (b) adults diagnosed with cystic fibrosis saw a psychosocial professional within the last 12 months at their annual review, as set out in the NHS service specifications for cystic fibrosis care.

Current Status: Answered by Kevin Stewart on 3 May 2022

Question ref. S6W-07492

Asked by: Gulhane, Sandesh, Glasgow, Date lodged: 23 March 2022

Submitting member has a registered interest.

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the number of new lung cancer patients per whole-time equivalent lung cancer nurse specialists in January (a) 2020, (b) 2021 and (c) 2022.

Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 26 April 2022