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Multiple Pregnancies Written Answer, 01/07/15 [S]

Written Answer given in response to Bruce Crawford's (SNP) question asking the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to support (a) research into (i) still births and (ii) neonatal deaths and (b) the dissemination of clinical best practice in relation to multiple pregnancies.

The Minister for Public Health, Maureen Watt, replied that the Chief Scientist Office (CSO) of the Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorate supports and promotes high quality research aimed at improving the quality and cost effectiveness of services offered by NHSScotland and securing lasting improvements to the health of the people of Scotland.

CSO invests directly in research projects through its response mode funding system, which relies on high quality research applications being made by the research community with proposals funded on the basis of scientific excellence. This system covers research across a very broad range of areas of health and would include consideration of research proposals into stillbirth and neonatal death. Proposals to CSO funded fellowship schemes could also include research in these areas.

In addition, CSO contributes financially to National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) research programmes in order that researchers based in Scotland can lead applications to these health research programmes, and again applications to these programmes could include research proposals in these areas.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 01 July 2015 which is available form the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 01 July 2015