Date lodged: 24 October 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the wider implications of delays associated with hip replacement operations.
Answered by: Shona Robison 4 November 2016
NHS Boards are responsible for planning and delivering services to meet the needs of their local population now and in future. The Scottish Government Health Directorate continue to actively support Boards to better project demand for NHS services and to plan for sufficient capacity to meet these demands over coming years to ensure that all patients, including those requiring hip-replacement procedures have no delay in accessing health care.
To support the increasing demands placed on the NHS the Scottish Government has already committed to invest £200 million to create five new elective centres and to expand the Golden Jubilee to meet future changing demographics over the next 10-15 years. One of the proposed centres is to be built in Inverness. These new centres will carry out procedures like hip and knee surgery and will allow people to be seen more quickly for planned surgery. This will also help the NHS to meet increasing demand from a growing elderly population, taking pressure off unplanned and emergency treatment.