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More than a third of chronic pain patients miss waiting time target

Over a third of chronic pain patients are waiting over the 18 week treatment time guarantee according to official figures.

Statistics published by ISD Scotland today show that 36 percent of patients who were seen for their first appointment in the first quarter of this year had already waited over 18 weeks.

Indeed only 64 percent, 2,059 patients, were seen within 18 weeks of referral, significantly lower than the SNP’s target of 90 percent.

This is also a significant decrease from the previous quarter when 70.8 percent of patients were seen within the target time.

The Scottish Conservatives have condemned the SNP’s mismanagement of the health service for forcing patients already in chronic pain to wait such a long time to be seen by a doctor.

Miles Briggs, Scottish Conservative shadow health secretary said:

“This is yet another truly depressing set of figures from the SNP’s health service.

“The SNP’s failure is forcing thousands of patients to wait longer in pain and suffering.

“These waiting times are extremely frustrating for doctors and nurses also.

“The health secretary’s promised resources and action plans to tackle these endless waiting times are not working.

“This is just another worrying demonstration of the SNP’s inability to run a health service that meets the needs of patients or staff.”

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Full details can be found here - https://www.isdscotland.org/Publications/index.asp

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