Cole-Hamilton: Patients left in pain waiting for physio

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said patients were being left in pain after new figures showed just half of patients were seen within the NHS physio waiting time target.

Only 53.6% of the 71,071 patients who had a first clinical appointment with musculoskeletal (MSK) services during the quarter ending December 2017 were seen within 4 weeks. The target is to achieve this for 90% of patients.

Mr Cole-Hamilton said:

“These people are suffering from a range of conditions, but something many will have in common is that they are in considerable pain.  Every day waiting to see a specialist can see conditions deteriorate or recovery times extended.

“With performance so far behind you would expect ministers to take immediate action. However, these results have been stagnant throughout last year, so either the SNP Government doesn't consider this a priority about this or their attempts to rectify it have had zero impact.

“Staff will be flat out to try and see patients as quickly as possible. The Scottish Government needs to listen to them and give them what they need to make this service work properly for patients and staff."

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