‘People dying needlessly’ due to SNP mishandling of Scottish NHS slams Tory MSP

SNP has failed to tackle NHS capacity crisis says Craig Hoy

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Craig Hoy, the shadow health minister and Conservative MSP for South Scotland said his party have “repeatedly” called on Health Minister Humza Yousaf to “get a grip” of the ongoing NHS crisis north of the border but to no avail. Mr Hoy said the Scottish health service has now been run into the ground through mishandling by the SNP, leading to record ambulance wait times, a drought of hospital beds and a drug and alcohol death crisis which is now the biggest in western Europe.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Hoy noted: “We have called on him [Mr Yousaf} repeatedly to get a grip of the crisis in our accident and emergency wards.

“We have asked him to get a grip of the mental health crisis in Scotland and to get a grip of the crisis on cancer waiting times and waiting times for key diagnostic testing.

“And he hasn’t done that!”

He branded the £1 billion SNP plan for NHS recovery (launched in August 2021 to improve care and tackle the backlog) as “a flimsy document” which simply has not been “fleshed out” by Mr Yousaf and the SNP.

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He added how “the clock is ticking” because every month that people aren’t being treated their health problems are “growing”.

The Scottish Conservative also noted that capacity issues compounded by increased hospitalisations of patients with Omicron will push people further down the queue for “urgent treatment”. 

Mr Hoy went on to accept Scotland has a crisis in its NHS and that the SNP “hasn’t risen to the challenge” to tackle the chaos and the underlying causes.

He demanded that the SNP come forward with a new “urgent recovery plan” to lay out exactly how they are planning to solve the “fundamental” strains at the heart of Scottish hospitals.

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And in a chilling warning, he stressed that if the SNP do not get on top of the crisis, “people will be dying needlessly in the NHS in Scotland under the SNP”.

His warning comes as waiting times at NHS A&E departments in Scotland worsened again in the week to January 2.

Only 71.6 per cent of patients seen and admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours, according to figures from Public Health Scotland (PHS).

The crisis hit new depths in November when the number of cancelled planned operations rocketed by 16 percent compared to October.

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A separate report from PHS found how the number of hospital beds occupied by patients ready to be discharged dropped by 3 per cent in November.

But this remained 40 percent higher than the figure in November 2020.

Jackie Baillie, Scottish Labour’s health spokesperson, slammed how Ms Sturgeon has presided over a “full-blown NHS crisis” which puts Scots lives on the line.

She told The Scotsman: “Thousands of Scots are waiting in A&E departments and on ever-lengthening waiting lists for treatment – this is unacceptable.”

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