Scottish Liberal Democrats have blasted attempts by the SNP Government to blame junior doctors for a slip in performance against A&E waiting times.
Figures published by ISD Scotland showed that 94.5 percent of patients were treated within four hours in A&E units during the week ending August 9th. This falls below the 95 percent met in previous weeks by health boards.
In a press release issued by the Scottish Government today, the Health Secretary said “Historically we tend to see a slight dip in performance at the start of August with new junior doctors coming on board.”
Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume said:
“This is an appalling attempt by the SNP Government to pass the blame for their failures.
“To say that the slip against A&E waiting times performance is the fault of junior doctors ignores the significant and wide-ranging problems faced by health boards due to a lack of resources.
“It fails to recognise the many years of hard work undertaken by junior doctors of all ages. Patients should have every confidence in the abilities of junior doctors, and in the ability of health boards to provide senior doctors when needed.
“The Health Secretary should stop throwing up dust and start coming up with a plan to tackle Scotland's A&E crisis."