NHS Scotland to get additional £32 million funding to reduce waiting times

  • Scottish Government
  • 30 Jul 2019

  • curated by Pavankumar Kamat
  • UK Medical News
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The Scottish Government has announced additional funding of £32 million for the NHS to help reduce waiting times.

The Waiting Times Improvement Plan of more than £850 million was announced in October 2018 with the goal of achieving substantial improvements in waiting times by spring 2021. This is the second round of funding this year following the £70 million announced in April, thus bringing the total funding received for 2019-2020 to £102 million.

The funding will be primarily directed towards delivering additional clinics and extra staff. It is expected to support a boost in cataract procedures, hip and knee replacements, and general surgery.

Jeane Freeman, The Health Secretary, said: "Our Waiting Times Improvement Plan will also see the creation of new elective and diagnostic centres, leading to quicker appointments in planned surgery, taking pressure off emergency treatment. We will continue to ensure the additional funding delivers the substantial and sustainable improvements needed."