Over a thousand chronic pain patients are still waiting longer than the 18 week referral time target.
The latest figures from ISD show that over the last quarter only 65 percent of patients were seen within the 18 week target, meaning that over a third of patients or 1,034 had to wait even longer.
This is a slight improvement from the previous quarter, but still well below the 90 percent waiting time target.
There is also significant variation between different NHS boards.
Currently, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde only see 15.6 percent of chronic pain patients within 18 weeks and NHS Forth Valley only sees 25.7 percent within the waiting time guarantee.
Miles Briggs, Scottish Conservative Shadow Health Secretary said:
“For chronic pain patients, time really is of the essence, yet too many are still not getting the treatment they need fast enough.
“The health secretary has promised resources and action plans and they have made only a tiny difference.
“The SNP’s mismanagement of the health service continues to fail patients, families and staff.
“The fact is that over a thousand chronic pain patients are waiting in pain and suffering and that is unacceptable.”
Notes to editors:
The full figures can be found here - https://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Waiting-Times/Publications/2019-09-10/2019-09-10-Chronic-Pain-Publication-Summary.pdf?