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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-02038: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 18 August 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what the (a) average and (b) longest waiting time to begin drug or alcohol treatment (i) was in each year since 2011-12 and (ii) has been since April 2016.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 15 September 2016

Table one includes information on the average wait for treatment and the length of time that 95 and 99 people out of 100 waited to begin their first treatment, between 1st April 2011 and 31st March 2016.

The requested information for longest waiting times could not be provided as the quality of the data could not be assured. Instead, data has been provided that gives a more accurate representation than the longest wait figures as it excludes any outliers which may be due to data quality issues.

Table 1

Year

Average wait

(Days)

95 out of

100 waited

(days)

99 out of

100 waited

(days)

2011-12

13

41

95

2012-13

9

27

46

2013-14

8

21

35

2014-15

8

21

37

2015-16

8

21

49

Source: ISD Scotland Ref: IR2016-01751