Murdo Fraser MSP has slammed figures released on the number of cancelled addiction service
appointments in Perth and Kinross, describing them as “worrying.”
The Scottish Conservative politician, who represents the Mid Scotland and Fife region, was reacting to the alarming statistics, which were provided through Freedom of Information.
Commenting, Mr Fraser said: “The level of cancelled addiction appointments in Perth and Kinross – with many being cancelled within 24 hours of the scheduled actual appointment – are very worrying and is something which must be looked at by NHS Tayside.
“These figures are extremely alarming and give great cause for concern, especially when you consider the high levels of drug deaths in Scotland at this time. Scotland’s drug deaths have been described as a ‘health emergency’ with death rates being the worst in Europe.”
Mr Fraser continued: “My Scottish Conservative colleague, Annie Wells MSP, has been doing a lot work in this respect and has called for a new approach to tackle this problem. She has called on both the UK and Scottish Governments to place the issue at the top of their agendas and to put political differences aside.
“There must be a reason for the high number of cancelled addiction appointments and I will be asking the Scottish Government what more they can do to support NHS Tayside when it comes to the likes of recruitment, which may help in this case.”