A fifth of NHS Grampian cancer patients not treated within deadline


Cash strapped NHS Grampian failed to meet national standards for 224 (19%) patients waiting for urgent cancer treatment, during the first three quarters of 2019. Despite the Scottish Government’s own target for 95% of patients to receive treatment within 62 days.  

Throughout 2019 the local health board was among the worst in Scotland for cancer treatment within the ‘62 day standard’, from urgent referral to first cancer treatment. NHS Grampian continues to be among the worst funded health boards in Scotland, with a total funding shortfall of £239 million since 2009.

 

Figures provided by the Scottish Government to North East Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles today show NHS Grampian plummeting in the first three months of 2019 to just 76.4% of patients seen within the deadline.  

 

Commenting, Mr Rumbles said: “This is not just a one off, week after week the figures show that healthcare standards in the North East are under threat and Scottish Government ministers still refuse to lift a finger to rectify the situation.

 

“Whether it is sheer incompetence or a lack of political will, Scottish Government underfunding has put our local healthcare services under immense pressure and it is the patients and hardworking staff that are paying the price.

 

“This is about people’s lives. I have repeatedly asked the Cabinet Secretary to take action to put our local health services on an equal footing with the rest of the country.”

 

ENDS

 

Notes for editors:

 

  • Table 1. Cancer Waiting Times performance in NHS Grampian in 2019 (Q1 - Q3).

Data on performance can be accessed via the ISD website (https://www.isdscotland.org/). Data for Q4 2019 will not be published until end March 2020.

 

Cancer Waiting times

62 Day pathway

Q1

Q2

Q3

Total

Number of patients treated

368

408

408

1,184

Number treated within standard

281

354

325

960

Performance

76.4%

86.8%

79.7%

81.1%

 

 

  • Data provided by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe):

NHS Grampian allocation compared with NRAC target allocation

 

Actual allocation £m

NRAC target allocation £m

Distance from parity £m

2009-10

          660.7

          685.2

-24.5

2010-11

          678.5

          705.2

-26.7

2011-12

          691.1

          725.6

-34.5

2012-13

          711.7

          745.4

-33.7

2013-14

          743.8

          776.6

-32.8

2014-15

          773.3

          808.0

-34.7

2015-16

          827.3

          844.3

-17.0

2016-17 (a)

          847.4

          859.7

-12.3

2017-18 (a)

          853.0

          861.0

-8.0

2018-19 (a)

          871.2

          878.6

-7.4

2019-20 (a)

          908.5

          916.2

-7.7

 

(a)    allocations for 2016-17 to 2018-19 are revised to remove funding streams that are

(b)   not allocated on an NRAC basis

The total distance from parity over the whole period shown is £239.2m.


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