STARTLING new statistics have revealed that almost 10,000 people in Inverclyde are stuck on waiting lists for NHS treatment.

Figures obtained under freedom of information laws reveal that over 9,000 patients are waiting for procedures, out of a total population locally of just over 78,000.

More than 4,000 individuals are awaiting treatment in Greenock alone.

Labour politician Martin McCluskey, who unearthed the figures under Freedom of Information laws, has today criticised the Scottish Government over the delays.

Councillor McCluskey, who sits on the board of NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, said: “I’m sick of listening to patients and staff who are being let down by a government that is failing to get to grips with the crisis in our NHS.

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