The number of people waiting six weeks or more to start their first treatment for drug or alcohol has risen by around five percent in a year, new figures show.
The latest NHS Scotland Information Services Division (ISD) statistics show that by December 31 last year, a total of 2,547 people were waiting to start treatment.
Of these, 364 (14.3%) had been waiting more than six weeks – double the three week or under target – up from 236 (9.4%) at the same time the previous year.
A total of 10,550 people began treatment between October and December 2018 and 93.9% were seen in three weeks or under – meeting the Scottish Government’s 90% target.
The rate is higher in prisons, where 910 people started treatment in the final three months of 2018 and 97.8% waited three weeks or under.
Performance varies across health boards, with 10 meeting the 90% in three weeks or under target.
Three boards – NHS Grampian, NHS Highland and NHS Lothian – did not meet the standards.
NHS Shetland’s data was excluded due to “non-compliance”, the NHS ISD report said.