A&E waiting time performance declines

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has voiced concern about the “debilitated” NHS as new statistics show A&E performance against the 4-hour waiting time target has fallen once again to 90.6%.

The figures published by ISD Scotland show 164 patients waited over 8 hours and 22 waited more than 12 hours.

It has been more than a year since the target was last met.

Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

“A&E waiting time performance is looking shaky yet again. Patients turning to A&E for help shouldn’t be left in waiting rooms for hours on end.

“The NHS is debilitated, delayed discharge is blocking up hospital beds, which in turn delays put through at A&E, and staff are under-resourced. Shortages in mental health and social care are heaping extra pressure on A&E.

“Far too many patients are still not being seen in time. The new Health Secretary must provide doctors and nurses with the support and resources they need to turn this around.”

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