North East MSP writes to Health Minister to get NHS Grampian back on track

Mike Rumbles MSP has written to the Scottish Government’s Minister for Health today, after it emerged that planned operations in NHS Grampian dropped by 3,741 over the course of a year. The worst in the country.

NHS Grampian have claimed that the drop of 16.9% is due to staffing shortages and difficulties recruiting qualified personnel.


Mr Rumbles said: “These figures are just the latest in a series of shortfalls for our local NHS. Waiting times deadlines are being missed, hundreds of operations are being cancelled due to a lack of resources and now this.


“NHS Grampian and our hard working local staff have been at breaking point for some time and there is no sign of the support they need from the Scottish Government.


“It will take years to get NHS Grampian back on track and every day that the Scottish Government refuses to help will only make matters worse. That is why I have written to the Minister today urgently calling for more resources to be sent to the North East.”




Notes for editors:


  • Analysis by The Times revealed the number of operations across Scotland this year fell 7% compared to 2016, with 12 of 14 Health Boards reporting a decrease. NHS Grampian performed 17% (3,741) fewer operations, the largest decrease of any health board.


  • Letter from Mike Rumbles MSP to Shona Robison MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport (12/09/17):


Shona Robison MSP

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport

St. Andrews House

Regent Road


EH1 3DG                                                                                                       


Tuesday 12th September 2017

I was concerned by a report today (12th September) highlighting that NHS Grampian carried out 3700 fewer operations than in the previous year.


I am sure you will agree that this trend, which is replicated to a lesser extent throughout Scotland, is deeply troubling. NHS Grampian have reported that this is due to staff shortages and difficulties recruiting qualified staff.


Earlier this year we found out that dozens of operations were being cancelled every month due to a lack of beds and other provisions.


Could you please outline exactly what action you intend to take to reverse this situation, committing extra resources to the region’s health system is a matter of urgency.


I look forward to reading your reply.




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