May 29, 2018 Blog

Over 55,000 Patients Journeys Longer Than 18 Week Standard

Labour has raised concerns over the health of the health service after new figures for the 18 week referral to treatment standard revealed over 55,000 patient ‘journeys’ took longer than the 18 week target in the first three months of the year.

The Scottish government target for that 90.0 per cent of patients should have a completed pathway within 18 weeks however performance only reached 81 per cent.

Labour said the failures on this standard speak to problems across the health service rather than one specific pressure point.

Labour has established a workforce commission to develop a blueprint to fix the NHS staffing crisis for good.

Labour Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health Anas Sarwar said:

“NHS staff work round the clock to provide the care Scots need but it is becoming increasingly clear that they are facing an uphill struggle under this SNP government.

“Too many Scots are waiting too long between referral to treatment. That suggests problems across the whole health service, not just in one or two key pressure points.

“Labour has established a workforce commission to develop a blue print to fix the NHS staffing crisis for good. Shona Robison should reflect on these figures and reflect on her own position as health secretary. The problems in our health service are mounting up.”

Source http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Waiting-Times/Publications/2018-05-29/18-Weeks-RTT.xlsx