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Cole-Hamilton: Whole of NHS is facing perfect storm

February 15, 2017 2:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Responding to the warning from doctors that radiology is "on the brink of collapse", putting patient safety at risk, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

"Hospitals can quickly become congested unless there are sufficient numbers of radiologists.

"This is the latest warning of a crisis in our NHS. Nurses say we are juggling with demographic time-bomb, charities tell us shortfalls in mental health care are leaving children in distress and A&E targets have been missed time and time again.

"The whole of the NHS is facing a perfect storm and SNP Minister are simply failing to step up to the challenge. Instead of sabre-rattling over independence, they should face up to the serious challenges facing vital services within our communities."