Only 14.9% of patients referred to a NHS Grampian clinic for chronic pain received treatment within 18 weeks in the final quarter of 2018, with 260 people still on the waiting list for a first appointment 18 weeks after being referred, according to the latest figures published today by NHS Scotland’s Information Services Division.
260 of 714 patients who are still waiting for treatment after more than 18 weeks in Scotland fall under NHS Grampian.
For the final quarter of 2018, only NHS Forth Valley had a higher percentage of people waiting than NHS Grampian.
North East Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles said: “Making people suffer in pain while waiting over four months for their first appointment is terrible.
“Over a third of the patients waiting for chronic pain treatment in Scotland fall under NHS Grampian. Clearly our local health board is struggling to find the staff and resources it needs to deliver the same level of health care that other parts of Scotland receive.
“NHS Grampian has been massively underfunded by the Scottish Government for over a decade. I have repeatedly called on health ministers to look again at how our local health care is funded but it has fallen on deaf ears.
“The North East continues to get a bad deal from the Scottish Government and I don’t see anything changing while the SNP are in power.”
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- Find the full ISD report here