Commenting on the new A&E waiting times statistics published today, which are the worst since March 2015, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:
“Winter has Scotland in its icy grip and we are seeing the worst performance against this A&E target in years.
“Despite the hard work of NHS staff in dealing with all the additional challenges the cold weather brings, too many patients are waiting too long for treatment.
“Over the peak winter period it is essential that Scottish Government ministers ensure that under pressure A&E staff have the support and resources they need to deliver the best care for patients. These long waits indicate that this isn't currently the case."