Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today demanded the government treat people in pain as a priority, as new figures showed that just 44.7% of patients are now being seen within the NHS physio waiting time target, the lowest level since the current system of recording started.
Musculoskeletal services include physiotherapy, occupational therapy, chiropody, podiatry and orthotics.
44.7% of the 82,942 patients who had a first clinical appointment with an AHP MSK service were seen within 4 weeks during the quarter ending 31 December 2018. The target is to achieve this for 90% of patients.
Mr Cole-Hamilton commented:
“Waits for physio have now sunk to the worst level since the government’s target was introduced. Less than half of patients needing help are being seen within the 4-week target time.
“Health professionals across the NHS work flat out but they don’t have the resources they need to cope with demand.
“People in pain should always be a priority, and the longer people wait the more likely it is to worsen.
“Breaching waiting time targets has become the norm for this SNP Government. Patients and staff have every right to demand better. SNP ministers need to explain how they will meet this target, helping make patients’ lives that bit easier.”