Scottish NHS patients forced to wait years for diagnostic tests

Patients in Scotland are being forced to wait years to undergo routine tests, it was disclosed on Monday, amid growing calls for Nicola Sturgeon to sack her “failing” Health

Secretary. The Scottish Tories obtained official figures under the Freedom of Information Act showing a patient in the NHS Grampian board area was forced to wait 258 weeks -

almost five years - for a CT scan. Another patient in the same area had to wait 255 weeks for an MRI scan, while a third NHS Grampian resident waited 107 weeks for a

non-obstetric ultrasound, the longest wait for that kind of diagnostic test. Elsewhere, in NHS Tayside, a patient waited almost 200 weeks for an upper endoscopy and another

patient in that health board also waited over 150 weeks to undergo a colonoscopy. The figures also disclosed that a patient in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde waited 187 weeks

for a lower endoscopy and another waited 145 weeks for a cystoscopy.NHS 'fighting for survival' Dr Sandesh Gulhane, a GP and the Scottish Tories’ Shadow Health Secretary,

said the figures disclosed a “ticking time bomb” in Scotland’s NHS and the “scarcely believable” waits were putting patients’ lives at risk. He said Humza Yousaf’s troubled

tenure as Scottish Health Secretary “has been a disaster for suffering patients and over-stretched staff” and called for him to be sacked. Marking 600 days since Ms Sturgeon

appointed Mr Yousaf to the role, Labour said he had been given the task of ensuring the NHS recovered from Covid but it was instead now “fighting for survival”. Ms Sturgeon,

Mr Yousaf and Sir Gregor Smith, Scotland’s chief medical officer, will on Monday hold a second weekly media briefing on the crisis gripping the NHS.