It has been revealed this week that over 400 NHS patients waiting on an appointment for an Orthopaedic procedure are currently waiting between 100-199 days.

In a letter from the Deputy Chief Executive of NHS Lothian to local MSP, Neil Findlay , it was revealed that an additional 72 orthopaedic patients are waiting between 200-299 days, 11 are waiting between 300-364 days and 11 patients, waiting on access to an orthopaedic specialist, are waiting over one year for a procedure.

The SNP Government’s flagship waiting time states that it is a legal requirement for patients to be seen within a period of 12 weeks. Patients across Lothian are therefore waiting far too long for access to an appointment prior to treatment.

Neil Findlay MSP said:

“The length of NHS waiting times in Lothian is scandalous. People are waiting far too long, often suffering in pain and misery every day, for access to an appointment and treatment.

“Both NHS Lothian and the Health Secretary must take radical and urgent action to sort this mess.

“Scottish Labour will invest our people, our communities and our public services.


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