Figures published by the NHS’s internal accounting unit this week show that NHS Lothian has had a record number of cancelled operations due to capacity reasons.
Over the twelve-month period between September 2017 and August 2018 NHS Lothian had cancelled 1767 operations due capacity issues which marks a 42.6% increase on the year before. Between 2016-2017 there were 1014 operations cancelled due to capacity.
In June it was revealed that 80 operations had been cancelled this year due to a lack of surgical equipment (link). A recent FOI has revealed that between April 2017 and March 2018 that 97 operations were cancelled due to a lack of sterilised surgical equipment.
The Scottish Government recently announced £10 million additional funding for “Winter Resilience” (link).
South Scotland MSP, Michelle Ballantyne, and Shadow Health Secretary, Miles Briggs, highlighted that although to Scottish Government will provide more funding over the winter, this will need to be supplemented with better management from the SNP.
Michelle Ballantyne MSP commented:
“The fact that the number of cancelled operations at NHS Lothian has increased by over 40% should surely be a wake-up call for the Health Secretary.
“This is yet another indicator that the state of our health care in the Lothians, and across Scotland, has been deteriorating under this SNP Government.
“Patients are relying on surgery and it is exceptionally concerning that over 1700 people each year aren’t getting this in the Lothians because of a lack of capacity."