Cancelled operations reveal capacity challenges

I've called on Scottish Government Ministers to give health boards the support they need as new figures revealed the NHS cancelled more than 20 operations a day due to capacity or non-clinical reasons in August.

Statistics published this morning showed 662 patients had their operations cancelled for capacity or non-clinical reasons in August.

There are any number of medical reasons why an operation may have to be delayed but the hard fact is that the NHS is sending hundreds of patients home before they have their operation because of capacity issues.

This is bad for patients, bad for their families and it will be no picnic for NHS staff either.

It often seems that there is no part of our NHS that is not under real strain. GPs are struggling. Nurses are overstretched. Cancer targets have been missed. Children have been forced to wait two years for mental health treatment.

This is a picture of a health service under enormous pressure.

It is time that the SNP government got serious about giving health boards the support they need. 

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