There are a large number of performance measures and frameworks used by the Scottish Government in relation to health including: The National Performance Framework; The Quality Measurement Framework; Health Quality Strategy for NHS Scotland; Better Health, Better Care; The 2020 Vision Route Map; Local Delivery Plan Standards; A range of indicators/measures used for local improvement and performance management for national programmes, such as clinical indicators and a set of core indictors for integrated joint boards.

The Local Delivery Plan (LDP) Standards

are a range of priorities set and agreed between the Scottish Government and NHS boards. The current standards include:

95% of patients to wait no longer than 4 hours from arrival to admission, discharge or transfer for A&E treatment. Boards to work towards 98%. 100% of patients to wait no longer than 12 weeks from the patient agreeing treatment with the hospital to treatment for inpatient or day case treatment (Treatment Time Guarantee).

The LDP standards replaced the previous system of HEAT targets and Standards. In Session 4 the Health and Sport Committee during its budget scrutiny noted the high priority given to HEAT targets in shaping boards’ decisions and resource allocation.

On 8 June 2016 the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport announced a review of targets and the establishment of an expert group to lead the review.


The Committee will invite the Expert Group on review of targets to give oral evidence.


On 15 November 2016 Sir Harry Burns, Chair of the Target and Indicators Review attended committee to give evidence.

Following publication of the Review in November 2017 the following additional evidence sessions took place:

Professor Sir Harry Burns - 5 December 2017

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport - 9 January 2018


On 20 March 2017 Paul Gray wrote to the Convener to give an update on the report date for the National Review of Targets and Indicators:

On 14 September the Convener wrote to the Cabinet Secretary seeking an update on the review group's report.

On 27 September the Cabinet Secretary responded to the Convener's update request.

On 25 January 2018 the Cabinet Secretary wrote to Brian Whittle MSP providing further information on adverse events.


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