Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has criticised the Scottish Government for failing to tackle “unacceptable” A&E waits as new statistics reveal waiting time performance has dropped back below 90% for the first time since April.
Official figures released today show performance against the 4-hour waiting time target sits at 89.6%. The Scottish Government’s target is 95%. This has not been achieved since July 2017.
The weekly figures also show 198 patients waited over 8 hours and 40 patients waited over 12 hours.
Alex Cole-Hamilton said:
“Patients and the public will be disheartened to see A&E waiting time performance is back on the decline.
“It hasn’t dipped this low since April and the target hasn’t actually been met for well over a year. If the NHS is under this much strain in September people will wonder how well equipped it is to cope with the busy winter months.
“System clog ups because of delayed discharge mean more people are taking up hospital beds and that’s stopping others leaving A&E.
“People using and working in our NHS deserve fair resourcing and plentiful support. The Health Secretary needs to get stuck in and tackle these unacceptable long waits.”