In the year ended 30 September 2015, the median waiting times in Lothian were 38 days for a first out-patient consultation and 42 days for in-patient and day-case treatment.
It is not good enough that patients are left in the dark for long periods about what the next stage of their treatment will be. That can be extremely distressing. What plans does the Scottish Government have to make users of the national health service consistently better informed?
We expect all boards to deliver timely treatment for patients. When there is any delay—for example, because of recruitment and retention issues—boards should communicate with patients and keep them fully informed of when their treatment can commence. If the member has specific concerns about individual patients, he can write to me and I will give him a fuller answer on those specific cases.