HEALTH MATTERS: NO PLAN AS NHS OPERATIONS FALL BY HALF, SAYS BAILLIE

Jackie Baillie MSP, The RAH in Paisley and surgeons operating there.

By Democrat reporter

The Scottish Government “seem to have no plan to get our NHS back on track”, Jackie Baillie MSP has warned as new figures show NHS operations in Scotland have fallen by half.

The total number of planned operations across NHS Scotland has fallen by 50.7 per cent, from 28,036 in August 2019, to 13,831 in August 2020, according to new figures from Public Health Scotland.

In NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, planned operations have fallen by 52 per cent, from 6,325 in August 2019 to 3,014 in August 2020. In NHS Highland, planned operations had fallen by 41 per cent from 1,196 in August 2019 to 704 in August 2020.

Furthermore, of these planned operations, 7.1 per cent were subsequently cancelled either the day before or within hours of when patients were due to be treated.

In NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde 7.3 per cent of planned operations were cancelled in NHS Highlands it was 6.4 per cent.

Jackie Baillie MSP for Dumbarton, Vale of Leven, Helensburgh & Lomond said: “Worryingly, thousands of patients in West Dunbartonshire and Argyll & Bute have had their operations cancelled and delayed. This is understandable given the pandemic but SNP Ministers seem to have no plan to get our NHS back on track.

“The NHS in Scotland has been mismanaged by the SNP for over a decade and it entered this pandemic in a challenging state despite the best efforts of the hardworking staff.

“Staff and patients are being let down. We shouldn’t be in the position where the NHS can only respond to COVID-19 and little else.

“Patients who are living with severe pain or conditions affecting their life chances are right to question when they will get treatment. The Scottish Government has been too slow to remobilise the NHS and prepare for winter pressures. This needs urgent attention.”

  • The total number of planned operations across NHS Scotland has fallen by 50.7%, from 28,036 in August 2019, to 13,831 in August 2020.  In August 2020, 987 operations, or 7.1% of all planned operations, were cancelled the day before or on the day the patient was due to be treated. This compares to 699 (6.2%) in July and 2,343 (8.4%) in August 2019. At Health Board level this percentage ranged from 2% to 11.3%.

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