Cole-Hamilton: A&E in a “fragile state”

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today criticised ministers for failing to give NHS staff the resources they need and leaving A&E in a “fragile state” as new statistics reveal performance against the 4-hour A&E waiting time target has dropped to 87.8%.

The weekly figures published by ISD Scotland show 396 patients waited over 8 hours in the week ending 25 August. In addition, 125 patients waited over 12 hours.

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

Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

“The NHS is under immense pressure and under-resourced emergency rooms aren’t able to cope with demand. If A&E is in a fragile state now we can only imagine the struggle departments across the country could face when we head into winter.

“Overburdened staff aren’t able to make sure everyone is seen in good time and that leaves both sides frustrated.

“Staff and patients have every right to demand better. At the start of this new parliamentary term the Health Secretary should make urgent moves to ease the strain on A&E departments by boosting mental health, social care and GP services.”

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