Date lodged: 3 November 2017
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of reports that NHS Highland did not meet the 90% target for referral to treatment times to be within 18 weeks in 2016-17, what action it will take to ensure that this target is met in future.
Answered by: Shona Robison 21 November 2017
We are taking significant action to reduce waiting times. I recognise some patients are experiencing long waits, that is why I have made £50 million available to NHSScotland - with up to £3.2 million being made available to NHS Highland. This additional funding should improve waiting time performance between now and the end of March 2018.
In addition I have set up an expert group to reduce waiting times and improve the way elective care services are provided. The Elective Access Collaborative programme will bring experts from the Scottish Government, NHSScotland and the Royal Colleges together to provide support to all health boards, including NHS Highland.