Audit Scotland’s damning report into the SNP’s mismanagement of the NHS shows that the future of our health service is threatened under Nicola Sturgeon.

The watchdog report found:

  • The financial standing of health boards “is not sustainable”
  • Nicola Sturgeon cut the health budget by 0.2 per cent in real terms last year
  • The number of people waiting over 12 weeks for an inpatient appointment is up 26 per cent and for an outpatient appointment is up 6 per cent on 2016/17
  • The number of unfilled vacancies is up for nursing & midwifery, consultants and GP posts
  • Performance declined against all eight key national targets between 2016/17 and 2017/18

The report also reveals that NHS Lothian failed to meet any of the eight key national performance standards in 2017/18. These are: 18 weeks referral to treatment time; A&E attendees seen within four hours; CAMHs (child and adolescent mental health) patients seen within 18 weeks; day case or inpatients who waited less than 12 weeks for treatment; drug and alcohol patients seen within three weeks; outpatients waiting less than 12 weeks following first referral; patients starting cancer treatment within 62 days (referral to treatment); patients starting cancer treatment within 31 days (decision to treatment).

Labour MSP for Edinburgh and the Lothians, Kezia Dugdale said:

“This is a shocking report which reveals the scale of the crisis facing NHS Lothian.

“Health boards across Scotland are struggling following years of mismanagement by the SNP, but nowhere is the problem as serious as in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

“Behind these statistics are patients waiting in pain in the ERI A&E department, people with cancer anxiously waiting to start treatment, and young people struggling with mental health difficulties.

“Nicola Sturgeon must use the full powers of the Scottish Parliament to invest in NHS Lothian and end this crisis.”

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