NHS boards need support to cut cancelled operations


NHS boards must get the support they need to ensure that patients do not face unnecessary disruption as new figures revealed more than 600 patients had their operations cancelled for capacity or non-clinical reasons in June.

This means 20 patients per day had their operation cancelled over the course of the month.

NHS staff would be the first to say the fact that hundreds of patients had their operations cancelled through no fault of their own is far from ideal. These cancellations are bad for patients, bad for their families and underline the pressure that NHS services are under.

Whether we are talking about primary care, mental health or surgical staff it is time that the Scottish Government got serious about ensuring that health boards can recruit the professionals they need to keep us healthy

20 patients a day in June had their operation scrapped as a result of capacity problems or non-clinical issues.

Hundreds of families faced disruption.

We are seeing shortages in consultants in Scotland’s NHS and sometimes it seems that there is no part of the health service that is not under pressure. Whether we are talking about primary care, mental health or surgical staff it is time that the Scottish

Government got serious about ensuring that health boards can recruit the professionals they need to keep us healthy.


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