NHS Borders have come in for praise from SNP MSP Christine Grahame after hitting their targets for cancer waiting times, becoming one of only two boards in mainland Scotland to achieve such results.
For the period July to September 2010, NHS Borders achieved 96.5 per cent against the national target of 62 days between the decision to treat and the first treatment for people diagnosed with cancer.
This exceeds the national waiting time target which is 95 per cent.
For the same quarter, performance by NHS Borders against the target of first treatment within 31 days, from the date of decision to treat to first treatment, was 100 per cent across all recorded cancer types - against the national target of 95 per cent.
Commending NHS Borders on the results, Christine Grahame, who is convener of the Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee, said: “The Borders is one of only two NHS areas in mainland Scotland to be achieving this 100 per cent turnaround which is excellent and there is no doubt the targets would not be met without the considerable efforts of key staff across NHS Borders.
“Prompt access to treatment is an important measure of quality and I am pleased NHS Borders continues to deliver low waiting times.
“Waiting for diagnosis and treatment can be an anxious period and it is important that people are seen as soon as possible.”
A spokesperson for NHS Borders added: “NHS Borders continues to be committed to delivering first class health care and fast, responsive services.
“Early diagnosis and treatment is an important factor in improving the outcome for patients and shorter waiting times help minimise the anxiety for them and their families. This achievement reflects our commitment and the hard work of all our staff in delivering this result.”