Hume seeks answers over patient diversion reports

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Jim Hume MSP is seeking answers from SNP Ministers after reports that patients were diverted from the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow this week.

Union representatives were among those raising questions of whether staff at the new flagship hospital are receiving the support they need to deal with workload pressure. It was reported an 83 year old patient was among patients transferred to Paisley after he was diagnosed with a suspected stroke.

Mr Hume has tabled a series of Parliamentary Questions seeking further information on diversions from QEUH and across Scotland’s NHS boards.

Commenting, Mr Hume said:

“There will always be times when patients in our NHS will need to be transferred to other hospitals for clinical reasons. But the fact that the flagship Queen Elizabeth hospital is already experiencing capacity issues is a cause for concern. 

“We are not yet in the teeth of winter.  We are already seeing hard-working NHS staff put under real pressure and beds run out at a brand new hospital. It is important that we understand what led to these problems.

“We know that the number of hospital beds fell substantially as the SNP took their eye off the ball to campaign during the referendum. Every week it seems like another area of the NHS is reporting new problems. It is time that SNP Ministers did their jobs and stood up for our health service.”

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