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Scottish Government Launch New National Targets to Tackle Long Waits for Planned Care

Humza Yousef during his visit to PRI. (Photo courtesy of NHS Tayside)

Resident of Highland Perthshire who are waiting for planned appointments that were impacted by the pandemic will be able to receive care by March 2023 for Outpatient and September 2024 for Inpatient, under news Scottish Government targets.

During a visit to Perth Royal Infirmary Health Secretary Humza Yousef announced that NHS Scotland will aim to eradicate waits of more than two years by September 2024 and has asked health boards to take a focusses approach to tackle the lists.

Make the announcement while in Perth Mr Yousaf said: “We know that waiting times have grown as a result of the pandemic, which is why we now need to focus on treating these people that are waiting too long for treatment. That’s why I am announcing some of the most ambitious targets in the UK.

“From speaking to patients and clinicians across the country, I know there is a physical and mental consequence in having to wait a long period to be treated, that is why addressing long waits is a key focus of our plans for NHS recovery.”

The targets are to treat those patients waiting longer than:

  • Two years for outpatients in most specialities by the end of August 2022
  • Eighteen months for outpatients in most specialities by the end of December 2022
  • One year for outpatients in most specialities by the end of March 2023
  • Two years for inpatient / day cases in most specialties by the end of September 2022
  • Eighteen months for inpatient / day cases in most specialities by the end of September 2023
  • One year for inpatient / day cases in most specialities by the end of September 2024

As part of the measures to help reduce the longest waiting times, some patients will be offered appointments outside of their local health board with the Golden Jubilee University National Hospital in Clydebank and National Treatment Centres up and down the county becoming operational over the next year.

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