NHS Grampian has welcomed a plan to invest £850 million into tackling waiting times nationally.
The new funds, announced yesterday, will focus on improvements for patients whose treatment is urgent, who have a suspicion of cancer and those who have waited the longest for an appointment.
Waiting time targets are regularly not met by NHS Grampian with just 66.9% of patients in the region seen within 18 weeks in June – the lowest in the country.
The plan commits and directs investment of £535m in frontline spending, and around £120m in capital, in addition to the ongoing £200m elective and diagnostic treatment centres programme over the next two and a half years across Scotland.
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Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said: “Our central aim is to significantly improve the experience of patients waiting to be seen or treated.”
An NHS Grampian spokeswoman said: “We welcome the announcement and further financial investment from the Scottish Government.
“We will continue to look at new and innovative ways to reduce waiting times and best benefit the patients of Grampian and the Islands.”