North East Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles, has reported that NHS Grampian fell short of the 95% national cancer waiting time target in July-September 2018, after only 76.6% of patients referred for urgent treatment were seen within 62 days – according to ISD Scotland figures released today.
Only Shetland (70%) performed worse than the local Health Board, with NHS Glasgow on roughly the same figure (76.5%). NHS Grampian also had the worst performance in Scotland for the ‘31 day standard’, which applies to all eligible patients, regardless of the route of referral, at 90.5%.
Mr Rumbles said: “Month after month, the figures prove that healthcare in the North East is at rock bottom and Scottish Government ministers still refuse to lift a finger to help.
“NHS Grampian is the worst funded health board in Scotland and has been for over a decade. 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.
“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.”
Notes for editors:
- Find the full table of ISD figures and data here