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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-19878: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 12 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether NHS Borders is meeting the national 18-week Referral to Treatment standard and, if not, what action is taking to ensure that it does.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 4 December 2018

NHS Borders’ current (September 2018) 18 week Referral to Treatment time is 90% Which meets the national Standard that 90% of planned / elective patients commence treatment within 18 weeks of referral.

Officials are working closely with NHS Borders to support them to implement sustainable improvements with a focus on a number of key specialities including general surgery and orthopaedics. In addition robust winter planning will support the treatment standard as any significant changes in referral patterns can have a significant impact on the delivery of local services.

To support their waiting times improvement activities, NHS Borders have received £1.052m additional non-recurring funding from the Scottish Government in 2018-19. This will help to achieve all waiting times targets and standards.