Action needed to deal with backlog 
of operations

Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire MSP Rachael Hamilton has demanded the Scottish Government urgently outline plans to deal with a backlog of operations in NHS Borders.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 14th July 2020, 10:28 am
Rachael Hamilton MSP
Rachael Hamilton MSP

She highlighted the latest figures from ISD Scotland which show that between March and May only 358 of planned operations took place, 888 fewer than in the same timeframe last year.

As restrictions surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic ease, Mrs Hamilton says the Scottish Government now needs to support health boards in tackling the backlog that have built up.

Mrs Hamilton says that patients deserve clarity over when operations will restart in their local health board and when they can expect to have their operations carried out.

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She said: “With all non-urgent operations having been postponed since the Covid-19 pandemic, a backlog of operations was going to be necessary in NHS Borders.

“As we continue to see the easing of lockdown restrictions, we must now urgently see the Scottish Government lay out a plan to support NHS Borders in terms of dealing with the ever growing backlog of operations.

“Our health boards were already working tirelessly prior to the Covid-19 pandemic to try and carry out operations, but they must be supported by the proper resources from the Scottish Government.

“I will continue to lobby for the proper resources to be given to allow patients to have their long-awaited operations as soon as possible.”