NHS Grampian is in line to receive fresh funding in a bid to cut waiting times for people receiving medical procedures.
The Waiting Times Improvement Plan, launched in October, aims to “substantially and sustainably” improve waiting times for patient appointments, as well as day cases, by spring 2021. Recent figures showed about 9,000 NHS Grampian patients were waiting beyond the 12-week treatment target.
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has outlined the next phase of investment to be directed under the £850 million plan.
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An initial £27m was announced in February to cover health boards in 2018-19.
The newly-announced funding of £70m will go to health boards across Scotland in 2019-20.
Ms Freeman said: “In October I set out our Waiting Times Improvement Plan and I’m pleased to confirm the second phase of the plan will direct £70m of investment to carry out more procedures such as cataract removal and hip and knee replacements, as well as increase the number of outpatient and diagnostic appointments.”
Details of the breakdown of the allocation by board and area of specialism will be finalised by the end of next month, when all individual board plans are completed.