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Question ref. S6W-03308
Asked by: Jackie Baillie, Dumbarton, Scottish Labour
Date lodged: 24 September 2021


To ask the Scottish Government what modelling it has undertaken to measure the potential impact of COP26 on NHS capacity.

Current status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 18 October 2021


We have worked closely with a range of delivery and partner organisations to prepare, plan and respond to a range of issues and risks which may impact on NHS services. Planners and officials are using a range of modelling and intelligence to minimise potential impact of COP26 and to help protect NHS services across our communities.

Our planning has also used the experience and learning from previous large-scale events in Scotland, the UK and internationally including previous UN COP summits .

The Scottish Government publishes a weekly Research Findings which models the COVID-19 epidemic in Scotland. The Research Findings includes a section which estimates infections, as well as hospital and ICU bed demand from COVID-19. This gives an assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on the NHS in the next few weeks. This will provide information in the run up to COP26 and after the event has taken place.

The publications can be found on the Scottish Government website at the following link: