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IJB begs for £1m to halt rising waiting times

THE number of people in Argyll and Bute who are not receiving an outpatient appointment within the 12-week waiting period is set to increase by 320 per cent, new figures reveal.

A meeting of the Integration Joint Board (IJB) of Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership heard on November 29 that there were 1,120 ‘breaches’ in 2016/17, up from 532 the previous year, and it is forecast to rise again threefold to 4,719 in 2017/18. If this trend continues without investment, the meeting heard, people could be waiting 26 weeks as of September 2017 for some specialities. The IJB noted further breaches are likely without funding and a service redesign. The board said it was ‘inequitable and unacceptable the £3.2 million allocated to the NHS Highland board should be only spent on the Highland council population’.

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