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Nearly 10,000 patients in Ayrshire and Arran waited a year or more for NHS treatment, according to shock new figures

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Nearly 10,000 patients in Ayrshire and Arran have waited a year or more for treatment, new figures have shown. The figures, from Public Health Scotland, show that a total of 9346 in the Ayrshire and Arran area faced extensive waits to treat their ailments, as of September 30 last year.

Those on the list, waiting a year or longer, included patients requiring key diagnostic tests, a first outpatient appointment and admission for inpatient, or day case treatments.

In total, 56,555 people in the Ayrshire and Arran region were on a waiting list for treatment of some description last year, according to the figures, which end September 30.

South Scotland Labour List MSP, Colin Smyth, said: “These astounding figures are nothing short of a disaster for our area, exposing once and for all what an abject failure the SNP Government’s NHS Recovery Plan has been.“Thousands of people waiting more than a year for basic healthcare undermines the fundamental principles of our NHS.The Ayrshire Live app is available to download now.Get all the local news in your area – plus features, football news and the latest on the coronavirus crisis – at your fingertips 24/7.The free download features the latest breaking news and exclusive stories while you can customise your page with the sections that matter to you.The Ayrshire Live app is available to download now on iOS and Android.“The SNP failed to deliver a successful catch-up programme while Covid rates were lower, meaning that services across my constituency were already stretched to breaking point before the new variant hit.“Now we are in the midst of a full-scale crisis, with hundreds of patients languishing on waiting lists for over a year and counting.“While Covid has exacerbated the

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