Cole-Hamilton: A&E waiting times crisis becoming intolerable

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today branded the ongoing A&E wait times crisis as intolerable, amidst continued failure from the SNP/Green government to get the situation under control.

Mr Cole-Hamilton also reiterated his call for an urgent inquiry into avoidable deaths linked to the crisis in emergency care.

During the week ending 15 May 2022 just 70.2% of attendances at A&E services were seen and resulted in a subsequent admission, transfer or discharge within 4 hours.

Mr Cole-Hamilton said:

"The continuing waiting times crisis in our A&E departments is becoming intolerable for patients and staff alike. The lack of action from the SNP/Green government is providing no confidence that this crisis will abate any time soon.

"Nicola Sturgeon and Humza Yousaf have made it clear they would much rather pontificate endlessly on their latest push for independence rather than do what needs to be done to solve this crisis now. They are taking people for granted.

"Patients deserve to be seen for treatment quickly and close to home, yet both of these seem like a pipe dream after 15 years of SNP rule.

"The Health Secretary must also finally accept the need for an inquiry into avoidable deaths linked to the crisis in emergency care. We all deserve to know why ministers have not fixed this crisis."

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