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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-19872: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 12 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that (a) day cases or inpatients and (b) outpatients at NHS Borders are treated within 12 weeks, and how the board's current performance compares with the national standard.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 4 December 2018

The Scottish Government are committed to ensuring all patients have swift and safe access to NHS services but we recognise that some aspects of NHS Borders’ performance is below the level required. That is why we made an additional £50 million available to NHS Boards during this financial year to improve waiting times. NHS Borders have received £1.052 million of this funding to improve waiting times in the key specialties of general surgery and orthopaedics.

In addition, we launched the Waiting Times Improvement Plan in October. This Plan will ensure that all patients have swift and safe access to the full range of services from NHSScotland. The Plan will direct investment of more than £850 million to substantially and sustainably improve waiting times in the face of rising demand for services. Officials are working with all territorial Health Boards to ensure that they have appropriate plans in place to support the implementation of the Improvement Plan.

The latest published data for the quarter ending September, shows that in NHS Borders there were 2,072 inpatient or daycase patients who waited less than 12 weeks and 467 patients who had waited over 12 weeks (77.5% seen within 12 weeks). For outpatients, 5,262 were waiting within 12 weeks and 639 patients were waiting over 12 weeks (87.9% waiting less than 12 weeks). This compares to the national position of 72.9% for inpatient/daycases and 70.5% for outpatients at the end of September.