Responding to A&E waiting times continuing to worsen, with just 69.6% of people seen within 4 hours during the week ending 29 May, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:
“The emergency care crisis risks fast becoming the new normal. Staff and patients alike are being taken for granted.
"Waiting times in our A&E departments continue to worsen. Everyone needs SNP/Green ministers to be focused on what really matters right now. Instead they are devoting tens of millions of pounds to a referendum and putting top officials to work on independence.
"Patients deserve to be seen for treatment quickly and staff shouldn’t be constantly overwhelmed, but that seems less likely than ever. The Health Secretary must finally accept the need for an inquiry into avoidable deaths linked to the crisis in emergency care and stop opposing calls for a Burnout Prevention Strategy which would give staff extra protection.”