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NHS GREATER GLASGOW AND CLYDE STATEMENT ON ISD WAITING TIMES FIGURES

August 31, 2006 10:55 AM

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is continuing to make significant progress improving inpatient, day case and outpatient waits.

We have committed major levels of investment in a wide range of hospital based services to ensure we achieve and maintain waiting time targets.This includes more staff, additional theatre capacity and extended hours of working.

Taken together, these measures have enabled NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to surpass the target of having no more than 1,000 patients waiting for more than 18 weeks and are confident of having no patients waiting more than 18 weeks for treatment by December 2006.

Robert Calderwood, Chief Operating Officer, Acute Division said:"We are delighted the First Minister and Health Minister have launched the waiting times figures in Glasgow.

"We are committed to tackling waiting times and are investing £24 million recurrently, including £9 million of extra funds in orthopaedics – an area where waiting times have been amongst the longest.

"We have been, and continue, to build up capacity over the long-term to ensure that meeting targets is more than just a quick fix and we are using this additional capacity to help reduce

ASC codes.

"Our priority is to treat those patients with a service-driven ASC code and in particular those patients with a highly specialised treatment identified at the time of placing the patient on the waiting list."

ENDS

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