Cole-Hamilton: Extreme A&E wait times the SNP's new normal

Responding to figures from Public Health Scotland showing the crisis in our A&E departments continuing, with just 67.9% of attendees at A&E services admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

"The SNP's target for A&E waiting times is 95% seen within 4 hours, we have not even seen figures above 70% since May. Extreme wait times which put lives at risk are fast becoming the SNP's new normal.

"Yet despite this ongoing crisis, the SNP-Green government have decided to shift focus to an unwanted independence referendum, rather than take action to reduce waiting times.

"Patients deserve to be seen for treatment quickly and close to home, and staff should not be abandoned in a state of perpetual crisis. Sadly after 15 years of SNP mismanagement that seems less likely than ever.

"The Health Secretary must move his focus back to the A&E crisis now and listen to Scottish Liberal Democrat calls for a staff burnout prevention strategy and a Health and Social Care Staff Assembly. We need the Scottish Government to be working hard on solving this crisis, not wasting effort on an unwanted independence referendum."

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