Date lodged: 3 December 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what the (a) longest and (b) average waiting time has been in each year since 2010-11 for a bowel screening appointment, broken down by NHS board.
Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 13 December 2018
There is no backlog or waiting times in the Scottish Bowel Screening Programme.
Bowel screening involves taking a simple test at home. Eligible men and women, who are registered with a Community Health Index (CHI) number, are sent a letter and test kit in the post, which is completed at home and returned to the central Scottish Bowel Screening Centre in Dundee.
Once a patient is issued a test kit they will typically be invited to participate in screening again during the same month every 2 years until they are 74.