Boost for patients on waiting lists

labourrose-icon3.jpgFalkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie has welcomed statistics which show that the 18-week maximum waiting target for inpatient and day cases has been met one year ahead of schedule.

Cathy said that “in March 2005, there were 569 patients in NHS Forth Valley waiting over 18-weeks to receive inpatient day treatment. That was down to 269 by June last year, and by the end of the year, there were none. This was a key target for the Scottish Executive, and I congratulate Forth Valley NHS staff for their part in making long waits a thing of the past.”

The figures also show:
The NHS in Scotland again delivered the Executive’s commitments on the diagnosis and treatment of coronary heart disease.
The number of patients waiting longer than nine weeks for key diagnostic tests fell by 52 per cent from July to December last year.
93 per cent of patients attending A&E departments were admitted, discharged or transferred within 4 hours compared with 90 per cent in September 2006.
More progress towards the Executive’s target of 95 per cent of cancer patients being seen within 62 days of urgent referral, with 83 per cent compliance by NHSScotland.
The Scottish Executive set targets across Scotland which aimed to ensure patients waited no more than six months for inpatient/day cases; 6 months for new outpatients; maximum of 8 weeks for heart investigations and a maximum of 18 weeks for heart treatments. Significant increases in activity by NHS Scotland have made a major contribution to these improvements. Routine inpatient and day case activity is now at record levels – with key procedures which bring major quality of life benefits to patients such as angioplasty up 153 per cent, knee joint replacements up 79 per cent,and cataract operations up 38 per cent since 1999.

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