Jo: SNP have taken their eye off the ball on NHS care


East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson has warned that the SNP Government are falling behind on crucial NHS services as new figures showed that performance against key waiting time targets for a number of diagnostic tests is significantly worse in Scotland than in England. 

Just 0.9% of patients in England wait more than 6 weeks for an ultrasound on the NHS compared to 7.1% in Scotland. Almost one in five people in Scotland who require a colonoscopy have to wait for more than 6 weeks, compared to just 4.5% of patients in England. 

Jo was speaking after the Royal College of Nurses and other medical organisations warned that Scotland’s NHS faces bed shortages and staffing problems as winter approaches. 

Commenting, Jo said: 

“The SNP would have us believe that all is well in our NHS but doctors and nurses are telling a different story. While Nicola Sturgeon was spending her time banging the drum for independence, waiting time targets were missed again and again. 

“Thanks to the indifference of the SNP, a comparison between Scotland and England on these basic performance measures does not make happy reading for those of us north of the border. 

“The SNP have taken their eye off the ball and need to get a grip on these crucial health services.” 

ENDS

Notes to Editors:

Waiting times for diagnostic tests: 

 

%   waiting over 6 weeks

Test

England

Scotland

MRI

0.7

1.9

CT Scan

0.4

1.7

Ultrasound (non-obstrtric)

0.9

7.1

Colonoscopy

4.5

17.5

Cystoscopy

6.7

10.3

 

 

Source data available online at: 

(Scotland) https://isdscotland.scot.nhs.uk/Health-Topics/Waiting-Times/Publications/2014-08-26/2014-08-26-WT-Diagnostic-Report.pdf?38041323424

 (England) http://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2014/09/DWTA-Report-September-2014.pdf 

 


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