Iain Whyte, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Candidate for Midlothian North and Musselburgh is calling on the SNP to ensure that patients waiting for vital operations and procedures are not forgotten about.
Iain’s call comes after new figures showed a dramatic drop in the number of operations that were carried out in January in Lothian compared to January in 2020. In Lothian only 2731 operations were carried out in January 2021 compared to 4477 in January 2020, a decrease of 38%.
While Iain Whyte agrees there was a rightful focus on tackling Covid cases, he has called on SNP Ministers to guarantee that these patients operations will be carried out as soon as possible.
Commenting, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Candidate for Midothian North and Mussleburgh Iain Whyte said:
“While it was right that Lothian Health Board focused on tackling rising Covid cases, SNP Ministers must not forget about patients who are waiting on vital operations and procedures.
“These patients will often be in pain or at risk of complications due to the delay and they need to see a plan from SNP Ministers that will give them hope that they will be treated soon.
“There has been an alarming drop in the number of procedures carried out compared to last January. SNP Ministers must give Lothian Health Board the resources it needs to carry out these procedures as soon as possible.
“As the Covid situation in our hospitals continues to improve, the hundreds of patients Lothian Health Board has delayed must have procedures reinstated.”