Today's Scottish quarterly update on the number of patients waiting over
9 months continues to show encouraging progress for NHS Greater Glasgow.
The figures up to April 2003 show 573 patients waiting more than 9 months of which 414 are Greater Glasgow residents.
This is a substantial improvement from the previous quarterly figure of 967 of which 735 are Greater Glasgow residents.
The position as at 6 months ago was 1412 of which 1042 were Greater Glasgow residents.
The NHS Greater Glasgow system provides national and regional acute specialties for patients from other health board areas in such disciplines as head and spinal injuries, cancer, heart and stroke, and paediatric.
Greater Glasgow NHS Board said today "This continued significant and steady progress will continue during the next quarter and NHS Greater Glasgow is confident it will deliver on the national target of no patient with a guarantee waiting more than 9 months by December 2003."
Greater Glasgow NHS Board stressed that 84% of patients are seen within 3 months and 92% are seen within 6 months.