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S5W-21262: Annie Wells (Glasgow)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 25 January 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what it will do to improve cancer treatment waiting times in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, in light of it reportedly being the worst performing NHS board for the 31-day target and the second worst for the 62-day target.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 1 February 2019

Latest published data from ISD show that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde narrowly missed the 31 day (95%) standard in Q3 2018 (July - Sept) with 94.8% of patients receiving treatment within 31 days of a decision to treat with an average wait of seven days (above NHS Highland, Tayside, Lothian and Grampian).

While the average wait for patients on the 62 day pathway was 46 days NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde’s performance against this 62 day standard at 76.5% is not acceptable and as such the Scottish Government published the £850 million Waiting Times Improvement Plan on 23 October 2018. The Plan sets out a series of actions to ensure the future delivery of waiting time standards for patients across Scotland by Spring 2021. Investment will support reforms to increase capacity, increase clinical effectiveness and efficiency as well as implementing new models of care. The immediate focus is on improvements for patients whose treatment is urgent, who have a suspicion of cancer, and those who have been waiting longest for an appointment.

Following the development of the Effective Cancer Management Framework in 2018 an experienced Cancer Service Manager is providing tailored support to NHS Boards across Scotland including NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde.