NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde today confirmed that they are on track to meet the December 2006 waiting target on no patient waiting more than 18 weeks for treatment.
Responding to figures released today a spokesperson said:"All patients placed on a waiting list for treatment within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde are prioritised in terms of clinical need.Patients classified by medical staff as requiring treatment on an ‘urgent' or ‘soon' basis are given priority over those with a less serious condition.This applies to all surgical cases including cancer patients requiring surgery.
"The challenges of achieving ever-better waiting times targets do not interfere with prioritising treatment for patients based on clinical need.
"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.
"This year, we are investing £24million recurrently – on more staff, additional theatre capacity and extended hours of working. This includes £9 million of extra funds in orthopaedics – an area where waiting times have been amongst the longest.
"We are also investing in a number of short-term initiatives, with £4 million earmarked for this year alone.
"Taken together, these measures have enabled NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to achieve the March 2006 target of having no more than 1000 patients waiting for more than 18 weeks. We are currently ahead of this target and are fully confident of having no patients waiting more than 18 weeks for treatment by December 2006.
"We are also using this additional capacity to tackle 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. Between April 2004 and April 2006, the number of Greater Glasgow patients with ASC codes waiting for specialised treatment has dropped from 1,303 to 1, 121.
"We will continue to invest to ensure that all ASC codes are eradicted by December 2007."
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