Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 22nd December 2020.

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Photo of Willie Rennie Willie Rennie Liberal Democrat

We appreciate the reasons for the decisions at the weekend. When the science speaks so starkly, plans need to change. Will the First Minister be reviewing the range of indicators as we learn more about the new strain of the virus?

At least 135,000 operations were cancelled during lockdown earlier this year, and we know that, for safety reasons, hospitals have limited the number of elective surgeries since then. However, I am concerned about reports that ever greater numbers of operations have been cancelled, that some hospitals have cancelled all non-urgent procedures and that more NHS boards are considering following suit. What more can the First Minister tell me about that? Does she expect that more NHS boards will cancel all non-urgent operations in the near future?