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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-13336: Mason, Tom (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 14 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on NHS Grampian only booking category one and two patients for surgery during the months of January and February, and what provision is being made for category three patients who may require treatment during this period.

Answered by: Shona Robison 18 January 2018

We expect all Health Boards, including NHS Grampian, to ensure all patients are seen within the required treatment time. However, we do recognise that during winter when Health Boards are experiencing winter pressures in relation to emergency care, that it is not uncommon to reduce the level of activity, particularly over the festive period. Nonetheless, we are clear that we expect all clinical priority patients to be see regardless of pressures impacting on the system.

NHS Grampian has assured the Scottish Government that it is seeing all clinical priority patients regardless of the category. And, to support all categories of patients to be seen within the required time, NHS Grampian has increased its theatre activity in the last Quarter by opening up additional theatre sessions across its Boards area.

The Scottish Government continues to monitor the progress NHS Grampian is making to ensure patients are being prioritised for surgery accordingly, as happens every year across all sites in Scotland.