Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said patients in pain are facing “setback after setback” as new figures showed that just 45.6% of patients are now being seen within the NHS physio waiting time target, the lowest level since the current system of recording started in 2015.
45.6% of the 81,485 patients who had a first clinical appointment with an AHP MSK service were seen within 4 weeks for the quarter ending 30 September 2018. The worst performing health board is NHS Lanarkshire where just 26.3% of patients are seen within 4 weeks, followed by Tayside on 35.4% and Grampian on 38.6%.
The target is to achieve this for 90% of patients.
Mr Cole-Hamilton commented:
"For people with musculoskeletal conditions, every day without the chance to see a specialist can limit their activity and leave them in pain.
“Physio waits are now at their worst level since this target was introduced. Patients are suffering setback after setback.
“Hardworking health staff are working flat out to see patients as quickly as possible, but they’re in need of a Christmas miracle at this point. It’s time for the Scottish Government to listen to staff and prevent the serious aches and strains on the NHS from becoming something much worse.”