Date lodged: 16 November 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what action it will take regarding reports that over a quarter of patients awaiting cataract surgery are not seen within the waiting time target.
Answered by: Shona Robison 27 November 2017
We are taking significant action to reduce waits for all patients including those waiting for cataract surgery. I recognise that some patients are experiencing long waits, which is why the Scottish Government announced at the end of August £150 million funding over the next 3 years to support reduction on hospital waiting times of which £50 million has been allocated to NHS Boards in the current year. I expect to see improvement in waiting time improvement for all parts of the patient journey including for cataract surgery between now and end of March next year.
I launched last week the new Access Collaborative Programme which is a different way to bring patients, clinicians, and other NHS staff together to look at ways patients can receive timely accessible care. The programme will reduce planned waiting times by improving communications between staff working in the community and in hospitals to identify the right clinician and treatment, and streamline patient care to minimise or eliminate unnecessary processes.