Forth Valley is failing on treatment times

Action has been demanded to address NHS Forth Valley's poor recent record
Action has been demanded to address NHS Forth Valley's poor recent record

Too many patients are waiting too long for treatment in Forth Valley.

That’s the damning verdict as figures show the area has the WORST record in Scotland for treating people within target timescales.

The Scottish Government has told health boards that 90 per cent of patients should be treated within 18 weeks of being referred by their GP.

But for the last four months NHS Forth Valley has failed to achieve that target. Instead, the numbers of people being seen and receiving, often life-saving care, is falling.

Now an MSP has labelled the performance “unacceptable” and told health board chairman Alex Linkston there must be an improvement.

Michael Matheson, who represents Falkirk West said concerned constituents had raised the issue with him.

He said: “I have written to the chairman of the board asking why their performance has slipped and what action will be taken to address the matter.”

The Scottish Government is now working with NHS Forth Valley to implement an action plan to turn the situation around.

A spokeswoman for the health board admitted meeting the targets had been “challenging”.

For an in-depth report, see this week’s Falkirk Herald.

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