Over a thousand ops cancelled last year

Claims have been made mismanagement has caused cancelled operations.
Claims have been made mismanagement has caused cancelled operations.

Over a thousand operations were cancelled in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde last year because hospitals could not cope with demand.

New figures reveal that 1,258 operations were cancelled in 2016. Scottish Labour analysis claims that 7,740 operations were cancelled in Scotland due to a lack of capacity, equipment or staff to carry them out – an average of 21 a day.

West of Scotland Labour MSP Neil Bibby said: “The figures back up NHS staff concerns about growing pressures and the long-term solution is to invest in social care to take pressure off hospital resources.

“The SNP-Green budget is set to cut a further £170 million from local budgets in the coming year, taking the total to £1.5 billion of cuts since 2011.

“A decade of SNP mismanagement means that patients are being let down because hospitals are not getting the support they need.

“NHS staff are performing as best they can under difficult circumstances. Only one third of NHS staff think they have enough colleagues to do their job properly.”

A spokesperson for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: “Over 82,000 planned elective procedures were performed in 2016.

“Only 1.5 per cent of these procedures had to be postponed due to capacity or non clinical reasons.”

Health Secretary Shona Robison said: “Decisions to cancel planned operations are never taken lightly and we are working with health boards to make sure we manage capacity and planning in order to keep all cancellations to a minimum.

“We have made it clear to boards that patients with the greatest clinical need, such as cancer, should not have their operations cancelled.”