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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-08450: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 28 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the finding by Information Services Division (ISD) that 83.8% of NHS Lothian cancer patients were treated within the 62-day standard; what action it is taking to ensure that the board meets the 95% target, and when it expects this target to be met.

Answered by: Shona Robison 11 April 2017

NHS Lothian’s performance of 83.8% is below what we would expect and while the median wait for treatment was 44 days we must continue to do more to ensure timely access to diagnostics and treatment for those patients who did not receive their treatment within 62 days.

Challenges remain to the 62-day cancer access pathway with known capacity pressures in NHS Lothian particularly for the colorectal and urological cancer pathways. The Scottish Government continues to support improved performance across NHS Scotland and are actively engaging NHS Boards where there are challenges to sustained delivery against the 62-day standard. This is backed by additional funding of £698k to NHS Lothian in 2016-17. NHS Boards are working through improvement plans with a clear focus to improve performance by the end of March 2017.