The Scottish Government have published a report on health and social care service resilience over public holidays. The report was commissioned following the Royal College of Emergency Medicine Scotland (RCEM) call for a review of the resilience of all urgent care services over public holidays, primarily prolonged Christmas and Easter festival periods. A number of recommendations are made to ensure that services are provided through holiday periods.
The publication of the report was accompanied by an announcement of winter resilience funds for NHS Boards in Scotland and publication of a supplementary report showing data analysis from ISD Scotland.
ISD Scotland have released a report on the General Practice workforce and practice list sizes from 2007 to 2017 in Scotland. The report presents information on the GP workforce contracted to work in Scottish practices, information about the number of GP practices and profile of patients registered. The data is available at NHS Board and local authority level. there is a publication summary and a full report.
The Scottish Government have published the fifth implementation plan for the ‘Everyone Matters’ workforce strategy for NHS Scotland. The plan covers the period 2018 to March 2020 and focuses on progressing the previous plans and contributing to five priority areas: healthy organisational culture, sustainable workforce, capable workforce, workforce to deliver integrated services and effective leadership and management.
The Scottish Government Health Secretary has ordered an independent review into concerns around A&E waiting times figures for NHS Lothian. The Scottish Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, chaired by Professor Derek Bell, have been asked to review the practices at NHS Lothian following allegations from a ‘whistleblower’. The review is to report early in the 2018.
The issue was also debated in the Scottish Parliament.
ISD Scotland have released the annual figures on delayed discharge in NHS Scotland. The figures include information on the number of bed days occupied by people delayed in their discharge from hospital and the average number of delays across monthly census points. There is also information on the proportion of all hospital beds occupied by delayed discharges, the bed day rate and the latest available estimated cost information (2015/16). The publication summary contains a link to the full report.
ISD Scotland have released the quarterly update on the NHS Scotland workforce. The figures are for the numbers of staff employed and vacancy information for nursing and midwifery, allied health professionals and consultants on 30 September 2017. The publication summary includes a link to the main report.
ISD Scotland have released the annual update on health service operating costs in Scotland in 2016/17. The figures cover hospital and primary care provided to patients. The information is primarily derived from Scottish Financial Returns (SFRs) compiled by NHS Boards and shows that total NHS Board operating costs increased by 4.1% to £11.7bn compared to £11.2bn in 2015/16. In real terms, once inflation has been taken into account, total operating costs increased by 2.0% compared to 2015/16. The publication summary has a link to the full report.