Date lodged: 13 March 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the report in the Press and Journal on 12 March 2018 that, due to recruitment difficulties, NHS Grampian is not administering sufficient chronic pain treatment; how the situation at NHS Grampian compares with the other NHS boards, and how it is supporting NHS Grampian in dealing with recruitment issues.
Answered by: Aileen Campbell 21 March 2018
Scottish Government officials have been in correspondence with NHS Grampian over the last few months and have been advised of particular challenges within the Board in relation to delivering pain clinics. NHS Grampian has faced significant staff absences in the past year that has affected waiting times. However, recent recruitment has been successful and has enabled additional clinics to be offered.
NHS Grampian are currently carrying out a review of its elective care planning review, specifically in regard to the proposal for its chronic pain services. The review is due to be completed at the end of March 2018.
NHS Grampian were also given an extra funding of £4.9 million to help reduce waiting times across services, with it being up to the Board to decide where to invest this funding. We will continue to work with NHS Grampian to improve performance.