Travelling for treatment
The number of people travelling outside of Lanarkshire for health treatment has increased over the past five years.
In 2010, there were 26,541 people in the NHS Lanarkshire area who travelled to other health boards for treatment. By 2014 that had risen to 28,436
Shona Robison, cabinet secretary for health, released figures on November 13 detailing how many people are travelling outwith their local health board for treatment across Scotland.
She was responding to a parliamentary question from Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Jim Hume which he submitted on October 30.
The number of patients travelling outwith their area for treatment has increased across Scotland in the past five years.
In 2010 there were 92,410 people who had to travel outwith their local health board area. By 2014 this had risen to 100,433.
There have been yearon- year increases across Scotland since 2010.
The people travelling have all been referred outside of their health board by health professionals within their own health board.
Patients travelling outwith their area for treatment has increased