Published: 10/06/2018 09:31 - Updated: 08/06/2018 14:45

Tory MSP hits out over NHS funding

A CONSERVATIVE MSP has criticised the management of NHS Grampian, following a report that declared the health board the worst in Scotland in terms of waiting time performance in March.

Dr Gray's Hospital in Elgin.
Dr Gray's Hospital in Elgin.

Highlands and Islands MSP Jamie Halcro Johnston, whose constituency includes a part of Moray, blamed under-funding of the NHS as the reason for long waiting times of patients.

The MSP said: “These increases in waiting times over the past 12 months are shocking and a damning indictment on the management of NHS Grampian.”

He said the performance had declined at a worrying rate.

He said: “Grampian is, by some distance, the worst performing health board in Scotland by these measures.

“This follows from more than a decade of chronic underfunding of the NHS board.

“The time has come for drastic action from [health secretary] Shona Robison and the government to ensure that Grampian at the very least gets on to a stable footing in the coming months rather than continuing to decline.”

A spokesperson for NHS Grampian, said: “We are committed to meeting the waiting times targets laid down by the Scottish Government and acknowledge our current performance falls short of that.

“This is due to long-standing issues in recruiting to some specialist medical and nursing vacancies.

“Where we do not achieve the waiting standards set we actively manage the lists and ensure that patients are treated as soon as possible and in line with their clinical priority.”

In a new initiative, NHS Grampian has started to release weekly figures of their workload for Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Dr Gray’s Hospital in Elgin and the Royal Aberdeen’s Children Hospital.

For the week from May 21 to the May 27, at Dr Gray’s Hospital there was 533 people attending the emergency department and it was reported that 98.7 per cent of these patients were assessed, admitted and discharged within four hours of their arrival in the department.

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