Health Matters


Baillie Jackie MSP fishingMSP, Jackie Baillie, pictured, has called on the Scottish Government to provide more resources for the NHS as new figures show that more than 300 patients in chronic pain waited longer than 18 weeks for an appointment in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

Between 1 April and 30 June 2018, 274 patients who were seen waited more than 18 weeks whilst a further 48 patients were still waiting beyond the targeted time at the end of the quarter.  In total, 322 patients with chronic pain conditions have not been treated within the government’s targeted time during the period in question.

Jackie Baillie said:“Unfortunately, these revelations are not new. The SNPs mismanagement of our NHS has been causing patients to wait longer and longer for some time now.  One patient waiting for more than 18-weeks is too many, so for more than 300 people in Greater Glasgow and Clyde to be waiting that long is nothing short of a scandal.  Our NHS staff are the heroes of our health service but they simply cannot cope with the increasing demand and reducing resources. How many more patients need to be waiting in chronic pain for this SNP Government to react?”

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