Cole-Hamilton: Chronic failure on pain waits


Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said that new figures show the SNP Government’s chronic waiting time failures, with a third of patients needing pain treatment waiting longer than the 18-week treatment target.

Figures published by ISD Scotland show just 67% of patients waiting for chronic pain treatment were seen within the 18-week standard between January and March 2017. The worst performances were recorded by Ayrshire & Arran and the Borders were just 4% and 6% of patients respectively were seen within the standard.

Commenting, Mr Cole-Hamilton said:

“These findings show the SNP Government failing chronically on waiting times. One in three patients are now waiting longer than 18 weeks to receive the pain treatment they need. In some areas just one in twenty patients are being treated on time. That is a disgrace.

“Waiting months on end for treatment when you are in chronic pain must seem like an eternity and the SNP Government is letting people down.

“Across Scotland there is great disparity in waiting times, specialist staff and services. NHS patients and staff deserve better. The Health Secretary owes them an explanation as to how she is going to ensure health boards are supported to turn this around and meet waiting time expectations in future.”


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