Date lodged: 20 December 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to develop national standards to support people with chronic pain, and what steps it is taking to establish a chronic pain waiting time action plan.
Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 10 January 2019
Current guidelines on the treatment of chronic pain will be taken from authorative professional sources such as the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN)
SIGN will be carrying out a scoping exercise this year to look into whether SIGN 136: Management of Chronic Pain should be updated.
The Waiting Times Improvement Plan which was launched in October 2018 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.