NHS Ayrshire & Arran staff have been praised for achieving a 99.5% performance-rate in treating inpatient and day-cases within the SNP Scottish Government’s 12-week Treatment Time Guarantee.
Local MSP Margaret Burgess said, “Ayrshire's NHS staff deserve enormous credit for their strong performance.
“Scotland now has some of the lowest waiting times on record and there is no doubt it is thanks to the hard work of NHS staff and their commitment to treating patients as quickly as possible.”
The SNP MSP for Cunninghame South continued, “Of course, Labour has said it would abolish the Treatment Time Guarantee, turning-back the progress that has been made by Ayrshire & Arran.
“It is clear the SNP is the only party that can be trusted with our NHS.”
Mrs Burgess, who is also the Scottish Government Minister for Housing and Welfare, noted, “Everyone can be confident the SNP will maintain the Treatment Time Guarantee and will always put the interests of patients and staff before cheap attempts by other parties to grab headlines.”
The Treatment Time Guarantee was introduced in October 2012, providing a legal standard that requires inpatients and day-case patients are treated within 12 weeks.
The SNP Scottish Government recently allocated an additional £10m to health boards to be used towards delivering waiting-time targets. The money came from a new £31.5m Performance Fund for frontline services.