NHS Borders have put the high level of cancelled operations in August down to a failure in a specialist ventilation system used in the operating theatre.
Explaining the health board’s commitment to patient safety, Evelyn Rodger, Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Acute Services said:
Jim Hume, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for South Scotland and health spokesperson, has said that the SNP Government needs address why NHS Borders is continuing to cancel operations for non-clinical reasons.
The comments came after the numbers released show the percentage of cancelled operations in NHS Borders is higher than the national average.
The latest statistics show that 7.7% of operations were cancelled in the Borders due to capacity or non-clinical reasons in August, twice that of recent months (3.8% in July and 3.9% in June).
Mr Hume commented: