Liz Smith, Scottish Conservative MSP for Mid Scotland & Fife has called for the establishment of an Independent Scrutiny Panelfor NHS Tayside. The call comes following the proposal by NHS Tayside to remove the emergency surgery unit from Perth Royal Infirmary (PRI). Independent Scrutiny Panels were introduced to consider proposals for major changes in local NHS services in Scotland. The aim of independent scrutiny is to provide assurance to the public that all of the factors relevant to proposed service changes have been explored thoroughly and fully taken into account, therefore helping to maintain confidence in the change process. To date only three separate Panels have been set up in Lanarkshire and NHS Ayrshire & Arran, Clyde area, and Dumfries & Galloway.