Better day surgery performance could save £8 million

The rate of day surgery continues to rise but there remains a wide variation in performance among health boards, according to an Audit Scotland report published today.

‘Day surgery in Scotland – reviewing progress’ finds that the health service is continuing to improve in this area and overall is meeting targets in more than half of 19 more common day surgery procedures covered in its review, including circumcision, cataract removal and hernia repair.

It says more operations could be carried out in this way, potentially freeing up about £8 million a year.

Scotland continues to have lower rates of day surgery than England, which indicates there is still opportunity to improve performance further.

The Scottish Lib Dems have called for an investigation into health board variation in target achievement. NHS Fife achieved over 80 per cent of the target, while NHS Tayside managed just short of 30 per cent.

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