Action needed to deliver better rehabilitation services for older patients

Scottish Liberal Democrats have today said that SNP mismanagement of NHS rehabilitation services is harming attempts to reduce hospital admissions and pressure on A&E units across Scotland.

Figures revealed in the Herald newspaper yesterday showed that despite the SNP’s NHS 2020 vision to ensure more people are able to manage their own conditions and remain in their own home, many patients are waiting up to 36 weeks for a visit from key health staff such as physiotherapists.

It was also revealed that some of the key focus points of the NHS 2020 vision are failing to be met such as providing supported self-management for patients and ensuring that people are back in their home as soon as appropriate with minimal risk of readmission.

Commenting following Topical Questions, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP said:

"Whilst I welcome the Health Secretary's recognition that access to vital rehabilitation services isn't up to scratch in many parts of Scotland, patients will want to see his warm words met with action. Effective rehabilitation services can help more people get the support they need to get on in life. With figures showing some patients waiting over half a year for key treatment, the SNP need to ensure that those who need support are not left to languish on waiting lists."


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