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S5W-12432: Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 3 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of reports that NHS Highland did not meet the 90% target for drug and alcohol treatment patients to be seen within three weeks in 2016-17, what action it will take to ensure that this target is met in future.

Answered by: Shona Robison 14 November 2017

The Scottish Government Alcohol and Drug Partnership (ADP) National Support Team are in regular contact with ADP officials in NHS Highland to support improved performance.

Developing and delivering services in a rural and remote setting can prove sensitive to fluctuating demand and workforce capacity. Highland ADP has developed a more sophisticated understanding of the work required to meet Waiting Times standards. A series of changes are being tested in relation to both access and structure of services to secure improvement.

It has also been highlighted at the NHS Board’s annual review, with improvement of this standard listed as an action point for 2017-18.

We will continue to work with NHS Highland ADP and monitor these improvements over the coming months.