Data published by ISD Scotland shows that 66 operations were cancelled in May 2019 due to non-clinical reasons such as not having enough staff or unclean equipment.

Across Scotland, 500 planned operations were cancelled in May 2019 because hospitals could not cope.

Scottish Labour say the figures show our NHS is simply not getting enough resources from the SNP government.

Scottish Labour MSP Neil Findlay said:

“Behind each of these figures is a patient waiting in pain for treatment that hospitals have not been able to give.

“We have seen a staffing crisis develop in our health service, with huge unfilled gaps for consultants, nurses and midwives.

“Patients across Lothian are being let down by the SNP government and are not getting the care they deserve.

“Scottish Labour say it is time to use the powers of the Scottish Parliament to properly fund our NHS.”

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