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Record number of operations in NHS Lothian cancelled due to capacity reasons

ISD figures released today show that NHS Lothian has had a record number of cancelled operations due to capacity reasons.

The total number of cancelled operations in NHS Lothian due to capacity reasons from September 2017 to August 2018 was 1767. This is an increase of 753 from 1014 cancelled operations due to capacity reasons from September 2016 to August 2017, 42.6%.

The Scottish Government recently announced £10 million additional funding for “Winter Resilience” (link).

In June it was revealed that 80 operations had been cancelled this year due to a lack of surgical equipment (link).

A recent FoI, see attached, has revealed that between April 2017 and March 2018 that 97 operations were cancelled due to a lack of sterilised surgical equipment.

Miles Briggs, Scottish Conservative Lothian MSP, said:

“This year, under an SNP government, we have seen a record number operations cancelled in NHS Lothian due to capacity reasons.

“The extensive number of cancellations has been due to a combination of factors, including SNP Ministers failing to prepare for additional winter pressures.

“There have been other avoidable causes of cancellations, such as a lack of sterilised surgical equipment for carrying out operations.

“SNP mismanagement of NHS Scotland’s workforce has meant thousands of patients have endured cancelled operations, with all the anxiety and uncertainty that brings, often at the last minute.

“The SNP has been in sole charge of the Scottish NHS for 11 years, they have failed to plan and they have failed Scottish patients.”

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Miles Briggs