Huge Drop in Operations Taking Place in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Eastwood MSP, Jackson Carlaw has called on the SNP Government to urgently outline proposals to deal with a backlog of operations that are outstanding in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.


Mr Carlaw highlighted the latest figures from ISD Scotland showing that between March and May 2020 only 4998 of planned operations took place compared with 17,314 surgeries during the same period last year - a difference of 12,316.


As restrictions surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic continue to ease, the Eastwood MSP says the SNP now need to support health boards in tackling the backlog of operations that have built up.


Mr Carlaw says that patients deserve clarity over when operations will restart in their local health board and when they can expect to have their operations carried out.


NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is the health board region covering Mr Carlaw's Eastwood constituency.


Jackson Carlaw MSP for Eastwood said:


“With all non-urgent operations having been postponed since the Covid-19 pandemic, a backlog of operations was going to be necessary in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.


“As we continue to see the easing of lockdown restrictions, we must now urgently see the SNP Government lay out a plan to support NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde in terms of dealing with the ever growing backlog of operations.


“Our health boards were already working tirelessly prior to the Covid-19 pandemic to try and carry out operations, but they must be supported by the proper resources from the SNP Government.


“I will be continuing to call on the Scottish Government to make the proper resources available to allow people living in Eastwood to undergo their long-awaited operations as soon as possible."