Trav­el­ling for treat­ment

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

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

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