MP slams board for 40-week wait­ing times

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS -

DAVID WALKER

A Mo­ray MP has called on NHS Grampian to ur­gently im­prove its or­thopaedic ser­vices af­ter a res­i­dent was told he would have to wait 10 months to see a con­sul­tant.

Dou­glas Ross wrote to the act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive of the health board, Amanda Croft, to high­light the case and urged them to act fast to deal with grow­ing wait­ing lists.

The pa­tient was re­ferred by his GP to an or­thopaedic con­sul­tant be­cause of a knee in­jury which left him un­able to walk.

He was then told that he would need to wait 40 weeks to see a spe­cial­ist.

Mr Ross said the wait was “sim­ply un­ac­cept­able.”

He said: “The SNP Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s tar­get makes it clear that pa­tients should wait no longer than 12 weeks af­ter re­fer­ral for a new out­pa­tient ap­point­ment at a con­sul­tant-led clinic, so clearly NHS Grampian is fail­ing its pa­tients in spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion by forc­ing them to wait more than 40 weeks to see an or­thopaedic con­sul­tant.”

A spokes­woman for NHS Grampian apol­o­gised to the pa­tient and in­sisted that they were work­ing hard to solve the delays.

She said: “We are sorry to hear about this pa­tient’s ex­pe­ri­ence and re­gret that he is hav­ing to wait longer than we would wish. We’re work­ing hard to re­duce wait­ing times across the or­thopaedic ser­vice which is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing higher lev­els of de­mand than ever be­fore.

“A num­ber of new pro­ce­dures and en­hance­ments across the ser­vice have now been in­tro­duced and are begin­ning to help re­duce the av­er­age wait for our pa­tients.”

The Smok­ing Ad­vice Ser­vice at NHS Grampian has been the most suc­cess­ful one in Scot­land, with 72% of users quit­ting in 12 weeks or less

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