Date lodged: 9 May 2018
To ask the Scottish Government how many times in the last year the 18-week target for assessment at the Scottish Driving Assessment Service has not been met.
Answered by: Shona Robison 22 May 2018
The Scottish Driving Assessment Service (SDAS), located at the Astley Ainslie Hospital, Edinburgh, undertakes driving assessments for those who have been affected by a stroke or any other condition which results in them having to be assessed as fit for driving. Appointments for assessment are provided free under the NHS and are requested through referrals from General Practitioners and secondary care.
In the last year - from May 2017 to April 2018 - 846 new/re-referred patients were seen by the SDAS. Of these, 62 patients (7.3% of the total) waited longer than 18 weeks.
The SDAS is striving to return to the 100% 18 week compliance it has previously achieved since centralising the service.