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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-13599: Bill Bowman (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 21 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answers to questions S5W-13144 and S5W-13146 by Shona Robison on 19 December 2017, whether it will provide a breakdown of the measures that (a) it and (b) NHS Grampian are taking to recover and stabilise the NHS board's services and waiting times performance; what analysis will be carried out to determine the effectiveness of these measures; what timescale it has set for the NHS board to meet the 18-week referral to treatment standard, and what action ministers will take if it does not achieve this.

Answered by: Shona Robison 24 January 2018

As I mentioned in my response to question S5W-13144 we have invested more than £8 million to support improvements at NHS Grampian. This funding is supporting a significant number of improvement actions across NHS Grampian, for example:

  • Physio led clinics

  • Virtual Outpatient Clinics

  • Pharmacy led Outpatient Clinics

  • Club Foot Clinics

  • See and Treat Cataracts

  • Additional Theatre time

  • Additional staff recruited to manage waiting lists (including out patient return waiting lists)

  • Recruitment of medical / nurse staff (plastic surgery)

  • Enhanced Ear, Nose and Throat Clinics

  • Additional Neurology Clinics

This is just an example of the many actions that the Scottish Government is supporting NHS Grampian to deliver. The delivery of the planned activity work is being monitored by officials on a regular basis. We have officials working closely with the local teams at NHS Grampian to support the service to deliver waiting times performance.

This programme of work will support the delivery of the 18-week referral to treatment standard.