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Cole-Hamilton: SNP chronically failing on pain waits

September 13, 2017 9:59 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said that new figures show the SNP Government's chronic waiting time failures, with nearly 30% of those needing pain treatment waiting longer than the 18-week treatment target.

Figures published by ISD Scotland show just 72% of patients waiting for chronic pain treatment were seen within the 18-week standard between April and June. The worst performances were recorded by Ayrshire & Arran where just 3.3% of patients respectively were seen within the standard.

Commenting, Mr Cole-Hamilton said:

"These statistics show the SNP Government constantly failing chronically on waiting times. Too many patients are waiting longer than 18 weeks to receive the pain treatment they need. In one area just eight patients were 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 these people down.

"Across Scotland there is great inconsistency 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 guarantee health boards are supported to turn this around and meet waiting time expectations in future."