Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said that the Scottish Government needs to give NHS staff the resources they urgently need to tackle patients’ “winter woes” as new figures reveal A&E performance has “plummeted” to its lowest level since the Beast from the East.
Official figures released today show performance against the 4-hour waiting time target at 85.8% - the lowest level recorded since the Beast from the East. The weekly figures also show 587 patients waited over 8 hours and 140 patients waited over 12 hours.
The Scottish Government’s target of 95% has not been met since July 2017.
Alex Cole-Hamilton said:
“A&E performance has plummeted this January as doctors and nurses battle to solve patients' winter woes without the resources or staff they need.
“Scotland’s social care system is under real pressure and as a result blocked beds are stopping other people leaving A&E. The process is far from seamless and that’s because there isn’t enough support at each and every stage.
“Staff work tirelessly but are being let down because of scarce resources and flawed workforce planning.
“The Health Secretary has been in post since last summer. The A&E target hasn’t been met since a year before that. We need to know how and when this standard will be met.”