Cole Hamilton on “anguish” caused by nearly 500 cancelled operations

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has called on the Health Secretary to ease NHS pressures after new statistics revealed 490 operations were cancelled in March alone for non-clinical or capacity reasons.

New figures from ISD Scotland have revealed that 2,508 operations were cancelled in March 2019, accounting for 8.5% of all planned operations.

Alex Cole-Hamilton commented:

“Hundreds of patients are missing out on planned operations through no fault of their own. The pain and suffering this causes is utterly unacceptable.  

“For many patients, the hassle of cancelled and rescheduled surgeries can cause a lot of anguish. People naturally worry about surgery and cancellations cause huge disruption to their lives.

“NHS staff do an incredible job but the simple fact is they haven’t got the resources they need to meet demand and keep operations running to schedule. The SNP have repeatedly promised to staff our NHS effectively, yet there is no part of the service which is now not coming under pressure.

“The Scottish Government has relied on the goodwill of staff for far too long. Scottish Liberal Democrats demand better, starting with the publication of the long-overdue integrated health and social care workforce plan.”

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