Date lodged: 18 July 2018
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will set out its policy guidelines on the recording of waiting times for patients whose operations are rescheduled.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 22 August 2018
The Scottish Government's policy is clear the waiting time for a patient's operation is measured from the time the patient and consultant agree treatment and stops when the patient's operation is undertaken. Therefore impact of rescheduling an operation will not impact a patient's actual waiting time. The Scottish Government has also made clear to NHS Boards that any patient who has an operation cancelled must have their operation rescheduled as quickly as possible and offered the next available admission date.