Scottish Government misses key NHS targets
A raft of figures show the Scottish government falling behind on key targets and patient guarantees, with Health Secretary Shona Robison’s record branded a “complete and utter failure”.
The SNP had promised patients a legal right to treatment within 12 weeks of a diagnosis, except in very specific cases. However figures released today show that the policy has been broken 134,804 times since it’s introduction, with the numbers of patients waiting for treatment growing from 1 in 20 in 2015 to 1 in 5 in 2017.
In the first three months of 2018 alone, the stats reveal that the law was broken 16,772 times.
The waiting times report also shows that over 55,000 patients wait longer than the 18 week standard referral period for treatment to be complete.
The SNP introduced targets for 90 per cent of patients to have completed their ‘treatment journey’ within this timeframe, however at present only 81 per cent do.
The Health Secretary, Shona Robison, has blamed the impact of the ‘beast from the east’ for the declining performance of the Scottish NHS, although the figures show that the issues date from long before that.
Scottish Labour’s Health Spokesperson, Anas Sarwar, dismissed the account, stating; “Shona Robison is getting increasingly desperate in her attempts to explain NHS performance on her watch, to trot out the same tired lines she tried at the start of the month is just insulting to our NHS staff.”
“Health service staff did phenomenal work during the Beast from the East, and made clear their commitment to the NHS and Scotland’s patients during that period.”
The Scottish government has been under pressure over their record on Health, with Scottish Labour’s, Richard Leonard, harshly criticising the SNP’s ‘broken promises’ at last week’s FMQs.
Robison has pledged extra funding will be put in place to reduce waiting times, announcing an extra £50m for health boards.