Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said long A&E waiting times are a symptom of a Government failing to do the day job after new statistics showed a fall in performance.
In the week ending 5 March, almost one in ten people attending A&E weren’t seen within the four-hour waiting time target. Meanwhile, over 300 patients had to wait more than 8 hours to be seen.
Performance at Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH), dubbed the super hospital, fell by nearly 10% to 75.7%, with 444 patients waiting more than four hours.
Commenting Mr Cole-Hamilton said:
“Emergency departments across Scotland are crying out for more support as they continue to struggle to meet waiting time targets. At the QEUH alone more than 400 people waited longer than four hours to be seen.
“This hospital has met the waiting time target only twice since it opened nearly two years ago. This is a symptom of a government failing to do the day job. Frontline professionals are warning parts of the NHS are stretched to breaking point.
“Instead of trying to buck this appalling trend and finally giving our public services the support they need, the SNP have shown their true colours by choosing to concentrate on dividing our country.”