Scrutiny of NHS Health Boards

 

About the Inquiry

At the beginning of the session the Committee agreed to carry out one-off evidence sessions with the special health boards and regulatory public bodies. As organisations that receive public funds they fall to be held accountable by the Health and Sport Committee in relation to their performance, value for money and meeting of objectives

Following evidence sessions with regulatory public bodies and special NHS Boards in January and May 2017, the Committee agreed to carry out one-off evidence sessions with all territorial Health Boards.

The focus is on performance against Local Delivery Plans (LDPs) and the following will be asked of all NHS Health Boards to whom the invitation to give evidence is extended:

• to make a submission setting out their progress in current (or, if recently concluded, previous) period in delivering their LDPs;
• the performance and progress of their Integrated Joint Boards;
• to submit their most recent annual review self-assessment and feedback letter from the Cabinet Secretary/Ministers; and
• to submit their Local Performance Reports.

Timetable

The timetable of evidence sessions are noted below:- 

Evidence

To date the following sessions have been held:

17 January 2017 - SPSO and the Care Inspectorate

24 January 2017 - Scottish Health Council and sportscotland

A further evidence and review session with the Scottish Health Council, following on from the 24 January 2017 session, is scheduled for 1 May 2018 (see below).

31 January 2017 - Healthcare Improvement Scotland

9 May 2017 - NHS National Waiting Times Centre (Golden Jubilee Hospital)

16 May 2017 - NHS Health Scotland

23 May 2017 - Scottish Ambulance Service

5 December 2017 - NHS Ayrshire and Arran

Following the evidence session on 5 December the Committee issued a letter to John Burns, Chief Executive:

The Committee subsequently issued further correspondence to John Burns on various points:

Having considered all correspondence, the Committee invited NHS Ayrshire and Arran to a follow up evidence session on 15 May 2018.

On 17 January 2019 the Convener wrote to NHS Ayrshire and Arran seeking an update on the matter of brokerage previously discussed at the evidence session on 15 May 2018.

16 January 2018 - NHS Forth Valley

Following the evidence session on 16 January the Committee issued a letter to Cathie Cowan, Chief Executive:

On 21 November the Convener wrote to the Chief Executive seeking an update on CAMHS figures.

The Committee received a response from Cathie Cowan, Chief Executive, NHS Forth Valley on 5 December 2018.

24 April 2018 - NHS Lothian

Following the evidence session on 24 April the Committee issued a letter to Jim Crombie, Interim Chief Executive, NHS Lothian:

The Committee received a response from Jim Crombie, Interim Chief Executive, NHS Lothian on 11 June 2018:

1 May 2018 - Scottish Health Council

Update and review following on the evidence session from 24 January 2017.

8 May 2018 - NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Following the evidence session on 8 May, the Committee issued a letter to John Brown CBE, Chairman, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde:

The Committee received a response from John Brown CBE, Chairman, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde on 5 July 2018.

15 May 2018 - NHS Orkney, NHS Shetland and NHS Western Isles

Following the evidence session on 15 May, the Committee issued letters to NHS Orkney, NHS Shetland and NHS Western Isles:

On 31 July, the Committee received a response from NHS Orkney:

On 1 August, the Committee received a response from NHS Western Isles:

On 2 August, the Committee received a response from NHS Shetland:

30 October 2018 - NHS Dumfries and Galloway

On 20 November, following the evidence session, the Convener wrote to NHS Dumfries and Galloway.

On 19 December, the Committee received a response from NHS Dumfries and Galloway:

26 February 2019  - Scottish Ambulance Service

Further to the evidence session with the Scottish Ambulance Service on 26 February 2019, the Committee issued a letter to the Chief Executive of the Scottish Ambulance Service following up on a number of issues raised at the meeting.

 We received a response on 16 April 2019:

The Convener issued a further letter to the Scottish Ambulance Service on 10 May 2019 seeking clarification on a few points within their letter of 16 April 2019:

We received a response on 31 May 2019:

12 March 2019 - NHS Borders

Following the evidence session on 12 March, the Convener wrote to NHS Borders. 

On 18 April, the Committee received a response from NHS Borders' Interim Chair, Karen Hamilton:

Following review of the above response, the Convener issued a further letter seeking information:

The Convener received a response on 31 May 2019:

26 March 2019 - NHS Lanarkshire

NHS Lanarkshire's written submissions are listed below:

Following the evidence session on 26 March, the Convener wrote to NHS Lanarkshire.

We received a response from NHS Lanarkshire on 23 May 2019. A number of documents were embedded in the original response and these have now been combined into the main body of the PDF below for ease.

25 June 2019 - NHS Fife

Following the evidence session on 25 June, the Convener wrote to NHS Fife.

We received a response on 24 October 2019:

3 September 2019 - NHS Highland

26 November 2019 - NHS Tayside

3 December 2019 - The State Hospitals Board for Scotland

Correspondence

On the 28 November 2019 the Committee wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport regarding its scruinty of health boards to date.

 
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