Letter: NHS waiting times

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Sir,

Your readers may remember I complained a few weeks ago regarding my wife, Greer, having to wait more than 10 months after referral by a Campbeltown GP to see a specialist concerning an operation she needs.

In the first week of November she had a letter from the Queen Elizabeth hospital confirming she was on the list for treatment.

Greer was told the waiting time for the operation would be a maximum of 12 weeks in accordance with the Patient’s Rights (Scotland) Act 2011.

It was thought she would be seen by the end of January 2018.

A call from the hospital, last Thursday, indicated that the operation could not take place for between the next six to nine months.

Consequently she could be waiting nearly two years for the treatment after initial referral.

I am aware the NHS is under severe pressure, under the control of the SNP but even the continual correspondent, William Crossan, should agree that nearly two years from referal to actual action is totally unacceptable.

I am certain this particular local resident will draw conclusions with England when comparing the treatment offered in Scotland but I submit this is simply not tolerable.

NHS Scotland is in breach of the Patient’s Rights (Scotland) Act 2011.

As a tax paying resident perhaps I can take action against this obvious breach of the act?

Keith Abendroth,

Campbeltown.