Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said patients' recovery is being held back after new figures showed that fewer than 50% of patients are now being seen within the NHS physio waiting time target.
During the quarter ending June 2018 only 49.9% of the 81,762 patients who had a first clinical appointment with musculoskeletal services were seen within 4 weeks. The target is to achieve this for 90% of patients.
Mr Cole-Hamilton commented:
"Every day waiting to see a specialist can cause people with musculoskeletal conditions to have their activity limited and be left in pain. Less than half of patients now start to receive the physio they need within the four week waiting time standard. This holds back their recovery and demands an urgent explanation from the Scottish Government.
“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."