Responding to the news that performance against the A&E waiting time target has fallen to its lowest level since March 2018
with only 84.6% of patients treated within 4 hours compared to the 95% target, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:
“The Health Secretary has made big promises, but she can't escape the fact the SNP Government hasn't met the A&E target for years. Now the number of patients waiting more than 8 and 12 hours has rocketed.
“To offer patients a brighter future, staff must have the resources they need to do their job. A good place to start would be for ministers to publish the integrated workforce plan that staff were told would be out last year.
"My party also persuaded the Scottish Government to put new mental health workers in A&E, but ministers have now diluted their commitment. Liberal Democrats would create new 24-hour mental health practitioner cover in every A&E, transforming services and ensuring it is treated as seriously as physical health."