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Scottish Public Services Ombudsman ruling regards Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board - Acute Services Division

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30 Apr 2018

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh notes that the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman upheld a complaint from a patient due to a five month wait for a knee operation this week. RCSEd does not usually comment on individual cases but delays in treatment and reductions in the percentage of patients being treated within the Treatment Time Guarantee of 12 weeks are increasing due to many different factors.

Increasing delays are being seen due to a shortage of human, infrastructure and financial resource within the NHS. We understand that these delays can have hugely detrimental impacts upon patients. RCSEd supports the assertion’s made by Lord Darzi in his interim report released yesterday that multi-year funding is essential to ensure the NHS can make longer term plans to address the current pressures and the NHS will require new ways of working in order to provide effective, timely healthcare


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RCSEd (www.rcsed.ac.uk) was first incorporated in as the Barber Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1505, and is one of the oldest surgical corporations in the world with memberships approaching 25,000 over 100 countries worldwide. The College promotes the highest standards of surgical and dental practice through its examinations, and is also increasingly involved in the provision of surgical training and education, offering the UK’s only Faculty of Surgical Trainers, open to all those with an interest in surgical training regardless of College affiliation. RCSEd’s commercial enterprises offer conferencing and event facilities at The Playfair Building, Symposium Hall and Quincentenary Hall, and runs the Ten Hill Place Hotel.

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