New figures reveal 'NHS in distress' - Monica Lennon

Official figures have shown growing numbers of operations being cancelled, prompting criticism from Scottish Labour about the SNP's management of the health service.

Newly released figures for June 2019 show patients whose discharge was delayed spent an almost identical number of days in hospital as at June 2018, despite SNP promises to end delayed discharge.

In total there were 42,252 days spent in hospital by people who were medically fit to leave hospital - three quarters of these delays were due vital social care services not being in place to support people in the community.

Scottish Labour also criticised the government over A&E waiting times. In total 16 Scottish emergency departments failed government targets to see 95 per cent of patient within 4 hours.

Patients at Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital experienced the longest wait, with over one in four waiting longer than 4 hours last week.

Scottish Labour's health spokesperson Monica Lennon said urgent action must be taken to improve performance and protect the future of the NHS:

“More operations cancelled because hospitals can’t cope, long waits in many A&E departments and promises broken on delayed discharge are just a few of the problems piling up on the Health Secretary’s desk, on top of the hospital safety scandals the SNP is mired in.

“These new figures confirm what patients and NHS staff know - that our health service is not getting the resources and attention it needs from SNP Ministers who promised so much but are delivering so little.

“Scottish Labour is urging the SNP Government to redouble its efforts to improve the health of the nation and make our NHS and social care services fit for the future.”

The Scottish Government have previously been accused of hypocrisy after it was revealed a growing number of operations were carried out privately, despite the SNP attacking Tory privatisation of the NHS.

The SNP's struggling health minister has also refused to consider resigning over a growing scandal at the delayed new children's hospital in Edinburgh amid claims it may have to be ripped down.

The move into the new hospital was delayed after serious concerns were raised about drainage and ventilation.

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