Date lodged: 21 December 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what the (a) average and (b) longest waiting time between referral and first appointment weight management services has been in each of the last three years.
Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 17 January 2019
Information on waiting times for weight management services is not held centrally.
The Scottish Government continues to fund NHS Boards to deliver adult and child weight management services through the Outcomes Framework (£3m in 2018-19). While it is for individual Health Boards to determine the provision required to meet local needs, NHS Health Scotland and Boards are in the process of developing guidance on minimum standards and pathways in order to improve the quality and consistency of services, and equity of access.
This work is one of a wide range of actions for helping people eat better and achieve a healthier weight set out in the Scottish Government’s delivery plan, ‘A Healthier Future’. The plan also reflects the commitment to invest an additional £42 million over 5 years in integrated weight management services for people with, or at risk of, type 2 diabetes.
The full delivery plan can be accessed here: www.gov.scot/ISBN/9781787810556 .
The full Type 2 Diabetes prevention framework can be accessed here: https://www2.gov.scot/Resource/0053/00538389.pdf