Audit Scotland's recent report shows that increased use of day surgery involving no overnight stay in hospital could save £8m a year by benefiting the eye patients with speedy recovery and efficient usage of National Health service resources.
The report was prepared by going through all the records of Audit Scotland. This review was done after a long gap of 10 years on procedures such as hernia repair, cataract removal and circumcision.
They found that surgery rates of NHS (National Health Service) had continued to improve but is lower than in England with a wide variance in the day surgery performance for different types of operations. Although the report also shows that (National Health Service) Fife has achieved more than 80% of the relevant targets than S Tayside which has achieved less than 30% of the target with more than half of 19 more common procedures including cataract removal, hernia repair etc.
In this respect Mr Robert Black, the Auditor General for Scotland, says that, it's long been recognized that day surgery benefits patients through promoting a speedy recovery and minimizing the disruption that an overnight stay in hospital can have on people's lives. It also promotes more efficient use of NHS resources by reducing waiting times and freeing up hospital beds.
Commenting on the report, the Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Ross Finnie MSP called for an urgent investigation and said that it's important that any local barriers to same-day surgery are identified and tackled. This will not only benefit patients, but will ensure the most efficient use of NHS resources."