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36 week wait for NHS care show SNP continue to fail older people

August 11, 2014 12:14 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrats have said that SNP mismanagement of the NHSJim HumeJim Hume is failing older people after it was revealed that there are extensive waiting periods across Scotland for key rehabilitation services.

Figures revealed in the Herald newspaper today showed that despite the SNP's plan for older people to receive more of their care in their own homes, people are facing waits of up to 36 weeks to receive visits from a rehabilitation professional such as a physiotherapist.

Commenting on the news, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume said:

"Waits of up to 36 weeks for rehabilitation visits stands completely at odds with efforts to ensure more older people are cared for at home instead of in a hospital. This only serves to put further pressure on our hospitals with the increase of emergency admissions or even long term admission to hospitals.

"These figures show once again that SNP mismanagement of the NHS is failing older people. With an ageing population which is living longer lives and for longer in periods of ill health, the delivery of these key services needs to shape up and it needs the support of government to do that."