Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today branded the SNP's backlog of operations as being the product of "broken promises and empty words" after it was revealed that the total number of operations lost to the Covid-19 pandemic has risen to 313,674.
Scottish Liberal Democrat analysis of Public Health Scotland figures has compared average pre-Covid levels of NHS activity with the number of operations scheduled over the past two years.
The waiting lists continue to worsen because operations haven't reached anywhere close to pre-Covid levels.
Responding to the analysis showing 313,674 operations have now been lost, Mr Cole-Hamilton said:
"Broken promises and empty words have come to define the SNP's response to our health crisis. We are now confronting a mountain of lost operations, and it is one this government must face up to.
"Patients are suffering, enduring pain and awaiting treatment. NHS workers are suffering, navigating staff shortages and working around the clock to deliver patient care.
"The SNP failed staff and patients when they voted down the Scottish Liberal Democrats' Burnout Prevention Strategy. If staff are fleeing the profession, any hope of tackling the backlog is futile.
"That's why the SNP must wake up and back Liberal Democrat plans for staff annual leave and TOIL guarantees. We need to bring Scotland out of the health crisis the SNP have led us into. Scottish Liberal Democrats have the plan to bring us there."
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