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S5W-17602: Tom Mason (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 4 July 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-13227 by Shona Robison on 9 January 2018, how much of the additional £4.9 million funding made available to NHS Grampian to improve waiting times was spent by the board, and what it was spent on.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 20 July 2018

NHS Grampian used the £4.9 million additional funding to address exceptionally long waiters across a number of specialties, particularly in relation to first outpatient consultation. Latest published figures for 31 March 2018 shows that 63.4% of patients waiting for an outpatient consultation were waiting less than 12 weeks - this compares with 56.4% in September 2017. Outpatient performance across an number of specialties in NHS Grampian has shown substantial improvement in delivery from 30 September 2017 to 31 March 18 for example cardiology improving to 82% from 62%, ENT improved to 93% from 60% and Gastroenterology improved to 93% from 60% in March 2018 when compared with September 2017.

We recognise that all Boards including Grampian still need to make significant improvement to eradicate long waiters and that is why the Scottish Government announced on 29 May that it was making £50 million available in 2018-19 to reduce waiting time for patients requiring to be seen and/or treated in hospital. NHS Boards have initially received a share of £25 million with Grampian receiving around £2.5million. The further £25 million will be made available later in the year to help support Boards build upon improvements in services including the work of the Access Collaborative.