Hume criticises delay in response to Glasgow A&E crisis

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume has criticised the delayed response from Scottish Government ministers in supporting a struggling new hospital to meet A&E targets.

It comes after it was revealed today just 78.3 percent of patients at South Glasgow University Hospital were seen within four hours – well below the 95 percent target. The figures also revealed an increasing number of patients waiting over four and eight hours to be seen. 

Mr Hume said:

“I’m sure NHS staff at the SNP’s flagship hospital would have wished to have had this support from SNP ministers before the hospital had opened. Once again the SNP have taken their eye off the ball.

“The Scottish Government’s delayed response, although welcome, must now deliver real results if we are to have confidence that the poor performance against A&E waiting times will not become a trend.   

“We need to know if people are facing longer waits because of a lack of staff or capacity. SNP ministers must show they are willing to provide this kind of support if that is what is deemed necessary.”

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