Commenting on new statistics which show close to 100,000 patients are waiting for key diagnostic tests and 65% of patients waiting longer than the target time of six weeks, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:
“The number of patients waiting for key tests is alarming. Behind each case on this list is a person and a family wracked with worry.
“The legacy of this pandemic means the NHS is going to be playing catch up on screenings and important appointments for months or years.
“This will be a mountain to climb and it’s incredibly important the Scottish Government ensures the resources necessary to clear the backlog are available.”