New figures suggest that 180 operations per year are cancelled in NHS Dumfries & Galloway due to lack of capacity or resources.
The news follows the 2015 NHS staff survey published earlier in December, which showed that only a third of NHS staff thought they had the resources and staff to do their jobs properly.
Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray said the figures were another sign of the Scottish Government’s “sticking plaster” approach to the health service, and called on the Scottish Government to use 2016 to set out a vision to manage the NHS for the long term, not from crisis to crisis.
Elaine Murray MSP said:
“These figures are absolutely shocking, and result from our local NHS not getting the support it needs from the Scottish Government in Edinburgh. Earlier this month only a third of NHS staff believed they had the resources and staff to do their jobs properly. 180 cancelled operations per year due to a lack of capacity show the reality of those concerns. We need to invest in social care to take the pressure off of our hospitals, allowing more people to get the care they need in their homes and freeing up space and resources in our hospitals. It's time we moved away from short term crisis management in our NHS and the sticking plaster approach used by this Scottish Government. We need to invest in our NHS for the long term, building a health service fit for the challenges of the 2040s, not the 1940s.”