Too many still face lengthy cancer wait times - Jo

East Dunbartonshire Liberal Democrat candidate and Business Minister Jo Swinson is calling on the SNP to get a grip and improve performance in the NHS after figures released yesterday show that half of Scotland’s health boards did not meet cancer wait time targets.

Official figures published yesterday showed that half of the NHS boards, including NHS Greater Glasgow &Clyde, have failed to meet the target, and only a marginal increase of 0.7% was made in the number of people treated within the 62-day target in all other NHS boards.

Commenting Jo said:

“Too many patients are still facing long waits to begin treatment as health boards continue to face immense pressure on staffing and beds. The SNP Health Secretary needs to back words with action so that the situation improves.

“Scottish Liberal Democrats will guarantee £800 million in extra NHS spending in Scotland. This money will go towards keeping waiting times down, easing the pressure on essential services and tackling mental health.”

Further information

- In the period October – December 2014, 7 NHS Boards did not meet the 62-day standard. These were NHS Grampian, NHS Highland, NHS Orkney, NHS Shetland, NHS Fife, NHS Ayrshire & Arran, and NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde.

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