Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Carson says NHS Dumfries and Galloway 'deserves better' over worsening waiting times

Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has expressed concern after new figures showed a rising number of patients failing to be seen within waiting time targets in NHS Dumfries and Galloway.

The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP’s call comes after worsening waiting times across Scotland were revealed.

Waiting times at the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary showed that only 83.2% of patients being seen within the SNP Government’s four hour target time, putting them below the national average of 83.8%.

These figures are the poorest the health board have recorded in last two years, and a reduction from the 84% of patients who were seen within four hours in January 2018 at DGRI.

Performance levels have now dipped every month at DGRI since August 2019, with Mr Carson writing to health board chief executive Jeff Ace to ask for a reason behind the fall in waiting time targets.

Mr Carson also says it is a failure from the SNP Government to provide equity of service to rural health services and asked them to focus on the issues that really matter to his constituents.

Commenting, Finlay Carson MSP said: “These figures are concerning for patients, families and our hardworking staff on the frontline across our NHS services in Dumfries and Galloway.

“It is clear that urgent action is needed to ensure that this is not the start of a downward trend.

“The fact that more people are waiting longer than the national average at the new DGRI is particularly concerning and shows the need for proper resources to be put into frontline services here.

“The SNP Government have been in control of our health service for almost 13 years, yet they continually fail to plan for the future in terms of workforce planning and providing our rural health services with equity of funding.

“Our patients and dedicated health service staff deserve better and I hope that these figures can act as a catalyst to the SNP Government supporting NHS Dumfries and Galloway to improved results in the future.”