A&E Crisis: number of people waiting more than four hours second worst ever


A&E Crisis: number of people waiting more than four hours second worst ever

Responding to figures from Public Health Scotland showing an increase in A&E waiting times and the second worst statistics on record for the number of people waiting over four hours (8,631 record), Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented: 

"Waiting times in our A&E departments are getting worse. Week after week we are seeing NHS patients and staff in need of new hope, but little significant action from this SNP/Green Government to provide it. 

"Patients deserve to be seen for treatment quickly and close to home, and staff shouldn’t be constantly overwhelmed, but under the SNP that seems less likely than ever.  

"The Health Secretary must finally listen to Scottish Liberal Democrat calls for a Burnout Prevention Strategy which would give staff extra protection and make plans to create a Health and Social Care Staff Assembly, which would put staff voices at the heart of resolving this crisis." 

ENDS

Notes to Editors: 

  • 68.1% of attendances at A&E services were seen and resulted in a subsequent admission, transfer or discharge within 4 hours. For the weeks ending 12 June, the figure was 69.2% for both 
  • 2,262 patients waited over 8 hours and 793 waited over 12 hours, an increase from 2,235 the previous week. 

      You can find the figures here 

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