North East MSP Mike Rumbles has raised concerns over the increasing amount of operations cancelled for capacity or non-clinical reasons by NHS Grampian.
The amount of operations delayed or cancelled due to capacity issues have risen sharply since April 2016, with figures for September gradually swelling to twenty cancellations per week.
Mr Rumbles said: “Cancellations for non-clinical reason have risen steadily over the past six months. Withdrawing vital procedures because of capacity and a shortage of staff or beds is simply not good enough.
“I have been watching these figures since being elected in May and It’s clear that something has gone wrong. Regular shortfalls in the amount of beds, staff and resources to care for patients in NHS Grampian is symptomatic of the challenges to our health service in Scotland after a decade of having the SNP in charge.
“It’s the duty of the Scottish Government to ensure that everyone has access to the treatment they need. If patients in Grampian are being continually let down, the Scottish Government must provide the resources needed to sustain our local health services. Full stop.”
Notes for editors:
ISD Scotland – NHS data tables http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Waiting-Times/Publications/data-tables.asp?id=1732#1732