Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Alarm at rise in patients waiting 12 weeks or more for treatment



Galloway and West Dumfries MSP says the SNP Government must get a grip on waiting times after new figures showed a doubling in patients waiting more than 12 weeks for treatment across Dumfries and Galloway.

New figures from ISD Scotland show that in the quarter ending to March 2018, 22% of patients in the region were not seen within the SNP’s treatment target guarantee time of 12 weeks, up from 11.6% in the previous quarter.

That has led Mr Carson to call for the SNP Government to do more to ensure hospitals have the resources and staff available in order to treat patients, who are waiting on routine operations. They must also ensure that the resources are available to cottage hospitals who provide a vital service in rural communities.

Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “A doubling in the number of patients waiting longer to be seen than the SNP Government’s official target time is extremely alarming and urgent action must be taken.

“Although we had a severe winter in terms of the weather, for almost 300 more patients to not be seen within 12 weeks across Dumfries and Galloway is completely unacceptable.

“It is clear that the SNP Government need to do more to support our hardworking front line staff who are working tirelessly day in day out, so they have the required resources available to support local patients.

“With over one in five patients not being treated within 12 weeks, we are facing many situations where patients are waiting far too long for routine operations.

“I hope these figures act as a wake up call to the SNP Government and help to bring about a reduction in patients waiting too long for treatment locally.”