Chronic Pain Treatment Waiting Times (NHS Forth Valley)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 20th June 2019.

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Photo of Dean Lockhart Dean Lockhart Conservative

I thank the cabinet secretary for that response, but recent figures show that more than a quarter of patients in NHS Forth Valley have waited more than 18 weeks for treatment for chronic pain. Only 73 per cent were seen within 18 weeks of referral, which is below the target of 90 per cent. That made NHS Forth Valley the second-worst-performing health board in Scotland on that measure.

The cabinet secretary mentioned the provision of additional funding, but what real measures will she take to provide additional support to NHS Forth Valley to improve the situation?