Cancer waiting times not met for a quarter of North East patients - Rumbles


Cash strapped NHS Grampian failed to meet national standards for 24% of patients waiting for urgent cancer treatment in the first quarter of 2019, according to figures publishes by MHS Scotland’s Information Services Division (ISD) today.  

The local health board is among the worst in Scotland for treatment within the ‘62 day standard’ from urgent referral to first cancer treatment, and was the second worst for treatment within the ’31 day standard’ with only NHS Tayside performing worse.

 

Commenting, North east Liberal Democrat MSP Mike 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:

 

  • Find the full ISD report on cancer treatment waiting times here.

 

  • 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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