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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-13239: Tom Mason (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 14 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on figures stating that nearly 6% of psychological therapy patients seen by doctors had to wait between eight months and a year to be treated after referral in NHS Grampian in the quarter ending September 2017.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 22 December 2017

Latest published figures for psychological therapies waiting times across Scotland indicate that the average waiting time was 7 weeks compared with 13 weeks in NHS Grampian. While the average wait in NHS Grampian is higher than the national average this is still within the 18 waiting times standard. Where patients are waiting longer these are typically complex cases requiring multi-agency interventions. We want to reach a position where people receive the appropriate support and treatment according to their clinical need and in line with clinical good practice.