A&E targets missed for 18 months

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has demanded ministers “ease the strain” on our “weary” health service as new statistics reveal performance against the 4-hour A&E waiting time target has dropped to 88.2%, meaning the government has failed to meet its own target for 18 consecutive months.

The weekly figures published by ISD Scotland show 399 patients waited over 8 hours in the week ending 27 January. In addition, 55 patients waited over 12 hours.

The Scottish Government’s target is 95%. This has been missed since July 2017.

Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

“I am relying on A&E today after a nasty fall. While the care I have received has been excellent, thousands of patients face much longer waits and the staff here are as frustrated about that as anyone else.

“The public will be outraged that the flagship A&E performance standard has now been breached for 18 months, despite ministers promising to get it back on track.

“Staff are battling to keep on top of their heavy workloads and that’s linked to SNP's failures elsewhere. Social care, mental health and primary care services are all crying out for more support.

“Ministers need to answer for these failings and ease the strain on our weary health service. Week after week these statistics are dropped onto the Health Secretary’s desk. It is time that they spurred the Scottish Government on to give NHS staff the resources they need to do their jobs. “

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