Responding to the news that 522 operations were cancelled in October for capacity or non-clinical reasons, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:
“Hundreds of patients have had their operations cancelled in October alone through no fault of their own.
“Cancelled operations cause huge disruption to the lives of patients and their families. They can be detrimental to people’s physical and mental health too. When you have waited for an operation, often in pain or discomfort, it’s a huge blow to find out it has been cancelled.
“Winter is beginning to bite which brings increasing pressures on our health service.
“The Health Secretary must ensure that hard-working NHS staff can get on with their work safe in the knowledge they have sufficient resources to get the job done.”