NHS Greater Glasgow is making progress on meeting waiting time targets and will meet the December 2003 deadline of no patients waiting more than nine months for inpatient or day case treatment.
Today, Scotland's quarterly update on waiting times was published showing that the waiting times figures had increased over the summer. This is consistent with the annual waiting list cycle.
The figures to the end of June 2003 show 1,057 patients waiting more than nine months for in patient or day case treatment at Glasgow hospitals. This figure is down by 230 for the same period last year.
NHS Greater Glasgow has established a programme of detailed specialty based waiting time plans that will ensure delivery of waiting time targets. These plans involve Glasgow hospitals, the Golden Jubilee National Hospital and the private sector. This programme will result in a total investment of £4.79 million and an additional 3,237 patients will be treated.
These plans continue to make an impact. At the end of July 2003 the number of patients waiting more than nine months has dropped to 991. This position was reported to the Greater Glasgow NHS Board meeting in August 2003. By December 31st 2003 there will be no patients waiting longer than nine months.
Tom Divers, Chief Executive of NHS Greater Glasgow, said: "We are confident we will deliver the national target of no patient waiting more than nine months by December 2003. We have put in place a comprehensive programme of specialty based plans that will reduce the numbers of people waiting nine months or more to zero."ENDS
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