Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron is backing the Scottish Government’s “NHS is Open” campaign and urging anyone with urgent health worries not to ignore the problem and to contact their GP or local hospital.
Mr Cameron said: “It is concerning that there has been 72 per cent drop in urgent suspected cancer referrals.
“Please don’t think twice and contact your local health centre if you have a health concern, or any other condition that you feel would benefit from a consultation.
“Many GPs are now conducting consultations either virtually or over the phone and the last thing our doctors would wish for is for people to take risks with their health and ignore obvious symptoms.”
The NHS is Open campaign, launched today, urges people to contact their local GP or hospital if they have health concerns. The campaign encourages people to call their GP surgery, or 111 out of hours, if they have urgent health concerns. In emergencies, they should still dial 999.
There has been a 72 per cent drop in urgent suspected cancer referrals, as fewer people are presenting their symptoms to their GP.
Figures also show a reduction in families bringing children in for immunisations.
And attendance at Accident and Emergency units and paediatrics in Scotland has halved during COVID-19.
The NHS is Open campaign urges people to contact their GP or local hospital if they have any urgent health worries.