Responding to the news that 600 operations were cancelled in December for capacity or non-clinical reasons, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:
“Hundreds of patients had their operations cancelled in December alone through no fault of their own.
“These cancelled operations shake up the lives of patients and their families and can have a serious impact on both their physical and mental health.
“The Health Secretary has been warned time and time again that staffing levels are not where they need to be. That makes it doubly disappointing that this week it was announced that SNP’s integrated workforce plan is set to be delayed once more.
“Jeane Freeman was supposed to be a new broom, but at the moment it is more of the same for Scotland’s patients.”