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S5W-22373: Tom Mason (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 26 March 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-21814 by Jeane Freeman on 5 March 2019, whether it considers that NHS Grampian provides the "best care available" to patients, in light of reports that the NHS is routinely recorded as underperforming.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 30 April 2019

NHSScotland provides extremely high quality care and is a world leader, internationally recognised, for the improvements in care and safety brought about by our Patient Safety Programme. We will continue to work towards ensuring that every patient receives safe, effective, person-centred care every time they access the health service.

We recognise that there are areas that require further improvement, including NHS Grampian’s performance, which includes waiting times for A&E, cancer and outpatients appointments. To ensure substantial and sustainable improvements are made to waiting times we launched the Waiting Times Improvement Plan in October last year. The Plan sets out actions to ensure future delivery of waiting time standards for patients across Scotland by the Spring of 2021. As part of the implementation of the Plan, initial funding of £26.7 million was allocated to Health Boards earlier this year to support additional activity in 2018-19 - NHS Grampian received almost £0.8 million to reduce waiting times for ophthalmology and endoscopy, whch was in addition to the £4.9 million already allocated in 2018-19 to support an improvemet in waiting times. We have also allocated a total of £710,000 to support cancer waiting times performance in 2018-19 and more than £900,000 to improve A&E performance over the winter period.

We are now working closely with NHS Grampian, and all other Health Boards across Scotland, to prepare plans for 2019-20, which will focus on key areas that require improvement.