Almost half of Grampian patients miss Treatment Time ‘Guarantee’ – Rumbles

Only 57.5% of patients admitted to Inpatient or Day case treatment in NHS Grampian were seen within the 12 week Treatment Time ‘Guarantee’ in the final quarter of 2018, according to figures published by the Information Services Division today.

The local Health Board has the third worst record of all Health Boards in Scotland, closely following Lanarkshire at 57.2% and the Highlands at 54.7%. Across Scotland the 12-week Treatment Time Guarantee was missed by the highest margin on record and was met for just 72.7% of patients in the last quarter of 2018.


North East Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles said: “The amount of people waiting for treatment is utterly appalling. Almost a half of patients in NHS Grampian are not seen within the 12 week deadline.


“This highlights the problems in our local health care services in the North East. NHS Grampian has been the worst funded health board for over a decade and resources are now severely stretched. The SNP Government in Edinburgh has failed to deliver even its own target share of funding for NHS Grampian and the total shortfall is now worth over £239 million.


“I have repeatedly called on the Secretary for Health to review the funding that NHS Grampian receives but the Scottish Government is happy to turn a blind eye. The figures published today are a disgrace and it is the patients and hardworking staff that are forced to bear the brunt of the crisis.”




Notes for editors:


  • The ISD Scotland statistics can be found here.

They show performance tumbling, with the target breached for 18,701 people (completed waits) during the quarter ending 31 December 2018 (a 92 day period):

  • The Treatment Time Guarantee (TTG) states that from 1 October 2012, no patient covered by the guarantee should wait longer than 12 weeks (84 days) for planned Inpatient or Day case admission.
  • 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





























2016-17 (a)




2017-18 (a)




2018-19 (a)




2019-20 (a)





(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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