Cerebral Palsy

I am concerned that the SNP Government have not yet taken action to ensure that NICE guidelines for patients with cerebral palsy are fully implemented in Scotland. While NICE guidelines generally apply only to England and Wales, SNP ministers are responsible for making decisions in Scotland – though doctors and medical staff may still follow NICE guidelines.

With regard to the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) guidelines, I am told that these are produced by Health Improvement Scotland’s (HIS) evidence directory, and that HIS have no plans to publish a SIGN guideline for adults with cerebral palsy.

My Scottish Conservative colleagues and I are disappointed that the SNP Government have not yet followed the clear evidence based guidance, and we will continue to call on the SNP Government to fully implement the NICE guidelines for patients with cerebral palsy to ensure that everyone with the condition has access to a review by a specialist once a year.

We will continue hold the SNP Government to account on their commitments to ensure that all people living in Scotland with cerebral palsy are able to access the best possible care and support, and that they are able to benefit from services which are safe, effective and person-centred.