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Waiting list report shows patients paying price of SNP pressures on NHS

February 21, 2013 10:02 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting on the findings of the Audit Scotland report on theJim HumeJim Hume manipulation on NHS waiting times records, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP said:

"This report takes the gloss off of the SNP government's record on waiting times targets. People across Scotland will find the report's findings disappointing and unsettling, given that prior to the waiting times scandal coming to light as many as 30 percent of inpatients in Scotland were marked as socially unavailable. After the scandal the number of patients marked as socially unavailable dropped whilst those waiting longer increased.

"What is clear is that procedure, scrutiny and guidance for the reporting of NHS waiting times is woefully inadequate. As the Auditor General noted, the Scottish Government and NHS Boards were focussed on meeting waiting time targets and not enough attention was given to how this was being achieved. With higher demand, fewer staff and financial challenges, the SNP are piling pressure on our NHS and patients are paying the price."