2 April 2019

Over 570 operations were cancelled in February because hospitals couldn’t cope, new figures reveal.

Data published by ISD Scotland reveal that 571 operations were cancelled for capacity or non-clinical reasons in February.

Scottish Labour said the figures revealed the strain on NHS staff.

Scottish Labour Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Monica Lennon MSP, said:

“Hundreds of cancelled operations because our hospitals can’t cope should be unacceptable but it has become the grim norm under this SNP government.

“Behind these cancelled operations are worried people, often waiting in pain.

“NHS staff do their best but they are being let down by this SNP government too.

“Health Secretary Jeane Freeman must get on with giving our NHS the right resources to deliver the care people need.”

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