Jackie Baillie MSP – cancellation numbers at local hospitals unacceptable.

By Bill Heaney

Local people have been complaining that surgical operations and cancer treatment have been dangerously delayed because the local NHS is concentrating its efforts on dealing with the virus pandemic.

Now Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton, Vale of Leven, Helensburgh and Lomond, has called on the Scottish Government to introduce both an immediate and long term NHS recovery plan to deal with the impact that Covid-19 has had on health services.

This follows new figures released today by ISD Scotland which shows that, in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, a total of 585 scheduled operations were cancelled in March 2020. This is the second highest number of cancellations of any health board in Scotland, coming second to NHS Lothian.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s cancelled operations accounts for almost a fifth of the total number of cancelled operations in Scotland in March.

The health board also experienced the second highest number of cancelled operations which had to be cancelled due to non-clinical and capacity issues since May 2015. The number of operations cancelled in March for this reason was 147.

Jackie Baillie MSP said:  “The reasons that individuals have been scheduled in for operations do not magically go away and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde should prepare itself for a huge increase in demand for operations once the current crisis has subsided.

“Our doctors, nurses and health care professionals are working incredibly hard to keep us safe during this worrying time. The Scottish Government must ensure that resources are in place to help these key workers deal with the fallout from Covid-19 once the current period has passed.”

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