Smyth described waiting list figures as a "disaster"

South Scotland list MSP Colin Smyth has hit out at the Scottish Government’s failed NHS recovery plan, as it is revealed 17,940 people Dumfries and Galloway were stuck on a waiting list as of September 30.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 4th February 2022, 10:55 am
Updated Friday, 4th February 2022, 12:20 pm
Colin Smyth believes the Scottish Government's NHS recovery plan has failed
Colin Smyth believes the Scottish Government's NHS recovery plan has failed

Of these, 541 were waiting more than a year, with Mr Smyth calling the Public Health Scotland figures a “disaster” for the area.

He said: “These astounding figures are nothing short of a disaster for our region, exposing once and for all what an abject failure the Scottish Government’s NHS Recovery Plan has been.

“Our health and care staff across the region are working tirelessly to deliver the best possible standard of care, but they simply cannot keep up as there just aren’t enough of them.

“Thousands of people waiting more than a year for basic healthcare undermines the fundamental principles of our NHS.

“There was a failure to deliver a successful catch-up programme while Covid rates were lower, meaning services across Dumfries and Galloway were already stretched to breaking point before the new variant hit.

“Now we are in the midst of a full-scale crisis, with hundreds of patients languishing on waiting lists for over a year.

“While Covid has exacerbated the challenges facing our NHS, many of the problems causing these waiting lists were there long before the pandemic such as a shortage of GPs, carers and other key health workers.

“The Health Secretary must get a grip on this ticking timebomb, and deliver a recovery plan that is truly fit for purpose.”