Cole-Hamilton: Ministers must be straight with patients about treatment time law

Speaking after the Scottish Parliament debated a Scottish Liberal Democrat motion calling for every patient for whom the 12-week it is missed to be sent a letter by the Health Secretary apologising for the Scottish Government’s failure to abide by its own law, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

“The SNP Government gave patients a guarantee that they would be seen within 12 weeks but the law is now being broken more frequently than ever.

“I’m pleased that the Health Secretary has offered concessions today but I’m also concerned that the SNP and the Greens have teamed up to prevent patients getting the full picture.

“Ministers have set out a plan to stop breaking the law by 2021 – a full decade after it was passed. They will have to do far better than that. Patients need to be told their rights and told for how many other people the law has been breached. It is time the SNP Government was straight with people.”

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