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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-11688: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 29 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what the waiting time is for knee replacement treatment in NHS Lothian, and how this compares with the target.

Answered by: Shona Robison 25 October 2017

Waiting time information is only available at specialty level and not at individual procedure level. In the year ending 30 June 2017 the median wait for orthopaedic treatment, including knee joint replacement was 73 days in Lothian. This compares to the 12 weeks waiting time guarantee for inpatient and day case treatment.

I recognise some patients are experiencing long waits including in the specialty of orthopaedics, that is why I have made £50 million available to NHSScotland - with up to £7.4 million being made available to NHS Lothian. This additional funding will build up their capacity and make sure that all patients are seen and treated in a timely fashion. I expect to see improvements between now and the end of March next year.

I also announced on 29 August the setting up of an expert group to reduce waiting times and improve the way elective care services are provided. The Elective Access Collaborative Programme will bring experts from the Scottish Government, NHSScotland and the Royal Colleges together to provide support to health boards.