NHS Lothian, which includes Edinburgh, is planning £31 million in cuts.
Between 2010 and 2011, over 700 jobs could go, including 333 nurses and midwives.
Stephen McMurray had an operation at Edinburgh’s Royal Infirmary hospital earlier this year. He says, “My ward only had two nurses.
“One guy was in agony when he came round from an anaesthetic. Both nurses were needed to deal with him—so other patients had to wait for over an hour for their drugs.
“The service is cut to the bone. Any more cuts would be ludicrous.”
An Edinburgh doctor, who didn’t want to be named, said, “The nursing staff are already running at absolute capacity.
“There’s no leeway in the system when there’s an emergency. The idea we could have fewer nurses is frightening.”