Hume calls on SNP government to act after dismal A&E waiting times performance

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume has called on the SNP Government to take action to alleviate pressure cooker conditions at A&E units after figures published today showed dismal performance against A&E waiting times.

From October to December last year 4028 people spent more than  eight hours waiting to be seen at A&E units, with 517 people facing waits of over 24 hours.

Mr Hume said:

“These figures show that Scotland’s A&E units are under pressure cooker conditions. Performance against the target is at its lowest in years with as many as 55 people each day waiting over eight hours to be seen. The SNP has taken its eye off the ball and now even the revised-down target of 95 percent of patients to be seen within four hours is falling further from view.

“We need swift action if we are going to address these problems and support NHS staff. With performance worsening and showing no sign of improvement, people will want to know what the Health Secretary is going to do today to tackle the A&E crisis. Serious consideration must be given towards bringing forward the publication of the Scottish Government’s review into out of hours care.”

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