Hundreds wait over six months for chronic pain treatment

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today warned long waits for treatment are preventing people getting on with their lives after new statistics showed 400 patients waited more than six months to get help for chronic pain treatment.

The ISD Scotland figures show performance against the 18-week target falling to 70.8%, while 399 patients waited over 27 weeks from referral to first appointment at a chronic pain clinic.

Commenting, Mr Cole-Hamilton said:

“These statistics reveal extremely poor waiting time performance. Hundreds of people are being made to wait far too long for help with chronic pain and well over the 18-week standard. For many patients in pain that has a serious impact on their ability to get out and about.  

“The SNP Government is letting waiting times and workforce planning slip across the health service. This is yet more bad news. Patients and staff have every right to demand better.”

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