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Question ref. S6W-02385
Asked by: Donald Cameron, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Date lodged: 20 August 2021


To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with NHS Highland regarding any delays experienced by patients waiting for orthopaedic treatment.

Current status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 18 October 2021


Scottish Government officials are in regular contact with NHS Highland to support the service management team with the delivery of orthopaedic elective procedures within the Health Board.

In response to the pressures on NHS services caused by the pandemic, which we are still firmly in the midst of, the First Minster launched the NHS Recovery Plan, on the 25 August. The Plan sets out the Scottish Governments key headline ambitions and actions to be developed and delivered now and over the next 5 years, including an increase in both inpatient and outpatient capacity across the Country. The plan is backed by more than £1 billion of investment over the next five years.

As part of this, we are investing over £400 million in a network of National Treatment Centres, one of which will be located in NHS Highland. When fully operational, the National Treatment Centres will provide increased capacity for surgeries and procedures across 14 specialties, including hip and knee surgery.