Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Carson calls for plan to restart health services in NHS Dumfries and Galloway

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Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has backed calls for the SNP Government to urgently outline a plan for restarting health services in the region.

The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP says that patients who have been affected by the pausing or cancellation of cancer screening programmes in particular should be given an outline as to when these services will be up and running again.

Mr Carson has re-iterated his calls for additional support for NHS Dumfries and Galloway’s health board to deal with the backlog of operation in terms of ensuring that the right resources are in place to help staff on the frontline.

He has been contacted by constituents who are concerned by the on-going pause in the cancer screening programmes, and he shares concerns that many people are staying away from the NHS in the current climate.

Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “The Covid-19 outbreak naturally meant that more resources in our health service were directed towards tackling the crisis.

“Difficult clinical decisions had to be made in terms of many programmes, especially in relation to cancer screening programmes, but we now need to see a plan outlined for the resumption of these services in our health boards, including in NHS Dumfries and Galloway.

“Constituents have raised concerns with me on the services continuing to be paused at the moment, with no date yet given as to when these services will be up and running again.

“This won’t be easy for our health board to plan in order to deal with the backlog of operations and appointments and I am committed to ensuring that the proper resources are in place for our health service staff on the frontline.

“We have seen NHS services start up again south of the border, so I hope the SNP Government can outline a plan to help support the people who need these vital health services as soon as possible.”