Oficial statistics present that simply sixty seven per cent of sufferers ready for such remedy have been seen inside the required timeframe between January and March this yr.
The revelation got here as separate knowledge revealed the nation’s overstretched hospitals are nonetheless failing to satisfy the nationwide normal for accident and emergency ready occasions.
Final night time, opposition politicians branded the state of affairs a “shame” and demanded solutions from Nicola Sturgeon.
In its newest report, Persistent Ache Ready Occasions, NHS Scotland reveals that there have been 2,970 sufferers seen through the first quarter with 979 of these – 33 per cent – having waited greater than 18 weeks.
NHS Ayrshire and Arran was the worst performer with ninety five.6 per cent of sufferers seen after that they had waited greater than 18 weeks, whereas NHS Borders ranked second on ninety four per cent.
Virtually half of persistent ache sufferers in Scotland’s largest well being board, Larger Glasgow and Clyde, needed to wait past the goal time.
Simply three well being boards – Lothian, Orkney and Shetland – noticed all of their continual ache sufferers inside the usual time.
Persistent ache is outlined as a steady, lengthy-time period ache lasting greater than 12 weeks or ache which persists after the time that therapeutic would have been anticipated to happen after trauma or damage.
Politicians and campaigners have raised considerations on the lengthy delays which imply sufferers are being left in agony whereas ready for his or her appointment. Scottish Labour well being spokesman Anas Sarwar stated: “These figures present the human value of the SNP’s mismanagement of our well being service.
“After 10 years in command of our NHS the SNP has left employees overworked, undervalued and underneath-resourced, and it’s sufferers who’re struggling consequently. Docs, nurses and sufferers are fed up with excuses. Nicola Sturgeon must get again to the day job and begin fixing the mess she has made from our NHS.”
Lib Dem Alex Cole-Hamilton stated: “Ready months on finish for remedy when you’re in persistent ache should appear to be an eternity and the SNP Authorities is letting individuals down.”
Public Well being Minister Aileen Campbell stated: “This quarter has seen an extra improve within the proportion of sufferers getting their first appointment at a ache clinic inside 18 weeks.
“Ache psychology clinics are persevering with to carry out nicely, with over eighty five per cent of sufferers being seen inside 18 weeks. Nevertheless, I recognise that extra have to be completed and we’ll proceed to work exhausting to drive additional enhancements for sufferers.
“We’ll proceed to work with NHS boards to enhance the standard of look after individuals who stay with persistent ache.”
In the meantime, ninety four.2 per cent of sufferers who attended Scotland’s A&E departments have been seen inside 4 hours within the week ending June four.
The determine continues to fall in need of the usual which calls for ninety five per cent of sufferers are admitted, transferred or discharged inside the goal time.