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S5W-12671: Tom Mason (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 13 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to improve NHS Grampian's record in meeting the eight key performance targets.

Answered by: Shona Robison 22 November 2017

The Scottish Government is working closely with the colleagues in NHS Grampian to support improvements around key performance targets.

The four hour A&E target is met on a regular basis with performance around, at or above 95%. In fact, performance for the year to September 2017 (October 2016 - September 2017) was 95.7%. The local teams continue to focus on implementation of the six essential actions, which is supported by Scottish Government investment of almost £700,000 this year (2017-18).

NHS Grampian has also received £4.9 million from the £50 million I announced at the end of May 2017. This funding is aimed to improve all parts of the patient pathway - outpatient consultation, diagnostic tests and inpatient and day case treatment.

We want to improve cancer care and treatment, which is one of the reasons we’re investing £100 million over the next five years through our Cancer Strategy. NHS Grampian’s performance is well below what we would expect and we are working with the Board to support implementation of its cancer improvement plan, which is closely monitored. This is supported by extra non-recurring investment of more than £400,000 this year (2017-18) 7 to drive improvements.

We also recently formed a Ministerial Cancer Performance Delivery Group to drive forward service redesign and improvement, this is backed by £1 million investment on top of almost £5 million already allocated to Health Boards.

We have made a strategic investment of £54 million running up until 2020 to improve mental health services. This has been designed as a comprehensive package and offers a new approach to improvement of mental health services. The package includes funding for capacity building within services, workforce recruitment and development through NES and funding for the mental health improvement team based within Health Improvement Scotland to deliver sustained improvements, and ensure services are designed and delivered in the most efficient way.

£23.5 million will be made available for 2017-18 to support the Primary Care Transformation Programme. This will provide IJBs, NHS Boards and their partners with flexibility and a real opportunity to think differently about new models of primary care both in and out of hours; and to integrate mental health as part of the wider health and social care system ensuring that people are provided with the most appropriate treatment, as quickly as possible, in the most appropriate setting, regardless of their condition. NHS Grampian received £1,821,933 this financial year.