Responding to Public Health Scotland showing the number of operations scheduled remains more than 20% below pre-pandemic levels of NHS activity, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:
“There are thousands of people waiting in pain but the backlog is still getting bigger.
“Scottish Liberal Democrat analysis shows more than 300,000 operations have now been lost to the pandemic. There are still 20% fewer procedures scheduled each month. Both patients and staff need new hope.
“It shows why the SNP/Green Government are wrong to be putting top officials to work on independence. They were also wrong to vote down the Scottish Liberal Democrat calls for an urgent new Burnout Prevention Strategy to protect and retain staff.
“If you want elected representatives who are focused on what really matters right now then vote for the Scottish Liberal Democrats on 5th May.”