Almost 200 individuals in continual ache died prior to now 5 years whereas ready for an appointment to deal with the issue, new figures from Public Well being Scotland present.
Professional-UK marketing campaign group Scotland in Union described the figures as “shameful”.
Power ache is outlined within the report as a ache that continues for greater than three months, even with treatment or remedy.
Folks passing away earlier than getting an appointment at a ache clinic is considered one of 14 explanation why appointments usually are not taken up, affecting 197 individuals between September 2017 and June 2021.
In keeping with the report the primary cause why individuals miss appointments for continual ache is that they don’t attend.
Pamela Nash, chief govt of Scotland in Union, stated: “These are individuals who have tragically died in extreme ache whereas desperately ready for remedy.
“This merely ought to by no means occur.
“That is one other shameful failure from the SNP in the case of the operating of Scotland’s well being service.
“There are greater than 2,000 individuals ready for a continual ache appointment in Scotland, with a whole bunch on the record for months on finish.
“For years, continual ache sufferers have complained about the usual of service that has been offered underneath this SNP authorities.
“The SNP has been obsessive about the structure when it ought to have targeted on offering our NHS with the sources it wants.
“As a part of the UK we now have extra to spend money on the well being service and this have to be prioritised within the New Yr.”
A Scottish Authorities spokesperson stated further funding might be offered by means of the Power Ache Winter Help Fund to “improve the capability of ache administration care”, with additional particulars being introduced “shortly”.
The funding is about to spice up the assist out there for individuals with continual ache to assist them preserve their well being and wellbeing within the months forward.
The spokesperson added: “The newest printed information on ready instances for continual ache companies display the continued progress well being boards and ache companies have continued to make regardless of the continued challenges introduced by the Covid-19 pandemic, with continued discount in each the numbers and proportion of sufferers who waited longest to be seen.”