By Lucy Ashton 

Jackie Baillie has branded Humza Yousaf’s time as Health Secretary “catastrophic” as new figures reveal NHS waiting lists in Greater Glasgow and Clyde soaring on his watch.

At the end of March, as Humza Yousaf departed as Health Secretary, there were 234,827 people in Greater Glasgow and Clyde on an NHS waiting list.

This is a shocking 51 percent increase since the same point in 2021, shortly after Humza Yousaf took over the role.

Across Scotland waiting lists are at a record high, with around 1 in every 7 Scots currently on an NHS waiting list.

Labour health spokesperson Jackie Baillie and FM Humza Yousaf.

Scottish Labour branded this a “national emergency” and called for the Scottish Government to support NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and implement a real NHS catch-up plan.

Dumbarton constituency MSP, Jackie Baillie said: “People in my constituency, across Dumbarton, the Vale of Leven, Balloch, Helensburgh and Lomond have been badly let down by this incompetent SNP government and their disastrous stewardship of our NHS.

“It should worry us all that First Minister Humza Yousaf left behind such a catastrophic legacy as Health Secretary.

“Despite the tireless efforts of NHS staff, record numbers of Scots are stuck languishing on NHS waiting lists, including 234,827 people in Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

“Blame for this national emergency lies squarely with Humza Yousaf and his failed NHS recovery plan, which saw waiting lists in Greater Glasgow and Clyde spiral by 51 percent after the pandemic.

“The SNP government must support our NHS and deliver a real catch-up plan to help it recover from the damage inflicted by both the pandemic and by this disastrous government.”

Total NHS waiting lists (inpatient, outpatient and diagnostic):

NHS Board of treatment March 2023


March 2021





NHS Scotland 779,533 549,134 42%
NHS Ayrshire and Arran 57,545 48,333 19%
NHS Borders 16,903 9,663 75%
NHS Dumfries & Galloway 18,923 12,342 53%
NHS Fife 41,574 27,030 54%
NHS Forth Valley 28,801 22,107 30%
NHS Grampian 76,725 54,289 41%
NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde 234,827 155,448 51%
NHS Highland 34,574 23,240 49%
NHS Lanarkshire 88,427 50,848 74%
NHS Lothian 123,481 98,513 25%
NHS Orkney 1,802 1,237 46%
NHS Shetland 1,632 1,547 5%
NHS Tayside 49,363 39,761 24%
NHS Western Isles 2,334 1,654 41%

Source: DiagnosticsOutpatients & Inpatients

Top picture: Local health board headquarters at Gartnavel.


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