NHS Resilience meeting Jan 6 2023: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Information requested

  • Who attended the Scottish Government’s resilience NHS meeting held on January 6?
  • All minutes from the meeting.
  • Whose idea was it to hold the meeting in the first place?
  • All correspondence between Nicola Sturgeon, her advisers/office, Humza Yousaf, his advisers/office and NHS Scotland relating to the meeting in January dating between Jan 1 and Jan 6.


Please see information released within the annexes to this answer.

You have asked for information about attendees of meetings. Note that names and job titles of staff below the level of Director, Deputy Director and Special Adviser have been removed under exemption 38(1)(b) of FOISA.

While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this case some of the information is exempted under exemption 30(c) of FOISA, where the disclosure of information would, or would be likely to, inhibit substantially the free and frank provision of advice.

Actions arising from meetings, including those for meetings in 2022 and covering the time period of your FOI referenced above, have been released within the annexes to this answer. In the process of considering this FOI request we have taken the view that “minutes” could reasonably be interpreted to include any notes of actions from a meeting, since they reflect key decisions made.

The meeting on 6 January 2023 was convened in agreement between the First Minister and the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care, and this decision to convene was made on 4 January.

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FOI 202300336978 - Appendix A - Email exchanges 1
FOI 202300336978 - Appendix B - Email exchanges 2
FOI 202300336978 - Appendix C - Email exchanges 3
FOI 202300336978 - Appendix D - Email exchanges 4


Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Email: ceu@gov.scot
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road

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