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Cole-Hamilton: 571 “distressing” operation cancellations in February

April 2, 2019 3:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has called on the Health Secretary to ease NHS pressures after new statistics revealed 571 operations were cancelled in February alone for non-clinical or capacity reasons.

Alex Cole-Hamilton commented:

"Hundreds of patients are missing out on planned operations through no fault of their own. That's unacceptable.

"For many patients, the rigmarole of cancelled and rescheduled surgeries can be extremely distressing. Naturally people need to get psyched up for surgery and cancellations cause huge disruption to their lives.

"NHS staff do an incredibly job but the simple fact is they haven't got the resources they need to meet demand and keep operations running to schedule. The Health Secretary needs to look carefully at these pressures."