The SNP Health Secretary, Jeane Freeman, announced this week that the average waiting time for an orthopaedic appointment in Lothian was 99 days at the end of June 2018.

Responding to a parliamentary question submitted by local MSP Neil Findlay, Jeane Freeman admitted, “too many patients across Scotland are waiting too long for treatment and appointments” under her watch.

Local MSP Neil Findlay has condemned excessive waiting times in Lothian and across Scotland as patients wait too long in pain and discomfort

Neil Findlay MSP said:

“I have been approached by many constituents who have waited far too long for appointments and then waiting even longer for necessary treatment.

“In the meantime, conditions worsen, people live every day in pain and work and family lives are affected.

“The Scottish Government must take radical and urgent action to address the waiting time crisis in Lothian and beyond.

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