Responding to the news that performance against the A&E waiting time target has fallen to its lowest level since February, with 86.9% of patients treated within 4 hours compared to the 95% target, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:
“The SNP made a song and dance about producing a waiting times plan but it doesn’t seem to be having an impact. Waits at A&E are now worse. Nearly 4,000 patients waited longer than expected last week, including more than 300 waiting over 8 hours.
“Staff and patients have every right to demand better. The Health Secretary needs to ease the strain on A&E departments by boosting mental health, social care and GP services. Given the pressure on staff, she must also now finally publish the integrated workforce plan that staff were told would be out last year.”