Date lodged: 20 September 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reported concerns that there has been an increase in waiting times in NHS Lothian for urology treatment, including for urgent operations; what discussions it has had with the NHS board regarding this, and what action is being taken to reduce these waiting times.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 2 October 2018
My officials meet regularly with NHS Lothian to discuss waiting times including the specialty of urology. I am aware that waiting times for urology in NHS Lothian is below the level I expect. NHS Lothian has received £3.7 million as part of the £25 million initially issued to Boards from the £50 million announced at the end of May 2018. The Board are using £162,000 for urology services to support additional outpatient activity and theatres with a further £344,000 allocated for urology diagnostic tests. This should support activity for around 1,500 patients. I expect to see improvements during this year.
The recently published programme for Government committed me to publish a plan to substantially and sustainably improve waiting time performance in the face of rising demand for services - this plan will be published shortly.