SNP NHS SHAME: Outrage over 420% increase in outpatients waiting over a year for treatment : Express.

THE SNP has been accused of presiding over a “collapse” in NHS standards after a 420 per cent increase in outpatients waiting more than a year for treatment.

Damning new figures reveal 1,186 people were left languishing for more than 12 months for hospital care in 2016 compared to 228 in 2015.

Of these 16 endured a two year delay and two waited four years, official statistics show.

Health Secretary Shona Robison has promised an extra £50 million to tackle the problem.

But the disclosure comes just days after it emerged hospitals are failing to meet national treatment targets for stroke patients.

Almost a third of patients have waited longer than four hours for tests, while more than 55 per cent have had to wait more than two weeks for treatment.

The latest Information Services Division Scotland figures were obtained by Tories through freedom of information requests.

They showed most outpatients waiting more than 12 months were getting urology treatment with 303 in this category.

This was followed by those waiting for trauma and orthopaedic surgery at 277 and gastroenterology patients at 170.

The number of people treated in under a year fell by more than 28,000 in the same period.

Scottish Conservative health spokesman Miles Briggs said it was more evidence of “shoddy planning” by ministers.

He added: “This is just another measure which shows a real collapse in the standard of service being offered to patients.

“That’s not the fault of hardworking staff – this is all on an SNP government whose shoddy forward planning has led to these unacceptable delays.

“To see these statistics shoot up by more than 400 per cent in the space of just a year is remarkable.

Read More : Express.

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