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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-19875: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 12 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to reduce waiting times for people with drugs and alcohol issues in NHS Borders.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 21 November 2018

It is a priority for Scottish Government to ensure that people who require drug or alcohol treatment are seen within three weeks of referral.

Throughout 2017-18, NHS Borders identified staffing issues were affecting their Drug and Alcohol Treatment Waiting Times performance. The Alcohol and Drug Partnership (ADP) National Support Team within Scottish Government worked with Borders, providing support where necessary.

During the second half of 2017 and early 2018 Borders completed their staff recruitment improvement process and for the first quarter of 2018-19 (April – June), NHS Borders met (and exceeded) the 90% Drug and Alcohol Treatment Waiting Time target with 97.3%.

In addition, our forthcoming drug and alcohol strategy will address how services can be supported to keep delivering waiting times while encouraging new models that are more accessible to people.