Cole-Hamilton: Distress for cancelled operations patients


Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today warned that rising numbers of cancelled operations places huge stress on patients and their families.

New figures from ISD Scotland have revealed that the number of operations cancelled for non-clinical or capacity reasons is at its highest level for ten months.

Mr Cole-Hamilton said:

“These new figures show that the number of operations cancelled for non-clinical or capacity reasons is far too high and on the rise.

“For more than one-in–ten patients in the Borders to be told that their operations will be cancelled is beyond the pale.

“Cancelled operations place a huge stress on patients and their families. Scottish Government ministers must ensure that hardworking NHS staff have the support and resources they need to deliver the highest possible standards of patient care. Only then we will be able to end the turmoil caused by cancelled operations.”


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