Cash strapped NHS Grampian failed to meet national standards for 26.6% of patients waiting for urgent cancer treatment in the second quarter of 2020, according to figures publishes by NHS Scotland’s Information Services Division (ISD) today.
Not a single health board in Scotland met the 95% target for treatment within the ‘62 day standard’. NHS Grampian was the second worst of the 16 health boards from urgent referral to first cancer treatment within 62 days, with only NHS Orkney performing worse . It was also the worst for treatment within the ’31 day standard’ and was the only health board not to meet the 95% target.
Commenting, North East Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles said: “This is not just a one off, NHS Grampian went into this pandemic with less resources than any other health board. 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.”
Notes for editors:
- Find the full ISD report on cancer treatment waiting times here.