Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said long waits for physio will be affecting people’s quality of life after it was revealed just half of patients were seen within the Scottish Government’s waiting time target.
New figures from ISD Scotland show that 54% of patients referred for physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropody/podiatry or orthotics were seen within the four-week waiting time target during the final quarter of 2016.
In Lanarkshire, 68% of patients failed to be seen within the musculoskeletal waiting time standard. Across Scotland, 20,000 people waited, or are still waiting, longer than 16-weeks to be seen.
Mr Cole-Hamilton commented:
“It is unacceptable that thousands are having to wait far longer than expected for the treatment they need.
“This will undoubtedly be having an impact upon the quality of life of people with complaints and diseases in their joints, bones and muscles.
“It is clear that staff don’t currently have the support and resources they need to meet the target set by the Scottish Government. Ministers need to immediately set out what action they will take in order to turn this situation around.”