Hume slams SNP A&E waiting times record

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP has again slammed the SNP’s performance on A+E waiting times after official figures published today revealed that the Scottish Government has again failed to meet its key target.

Official figures show that in June this year, 94% of patients were treated within 4 hours against the SNP's ‘interim’ target of 95% which is to be achieved by September 2014. The ‘interim’ target was set last year after the Scottish Government’s original target of 98% consistently failed to be achieved.

The A&E waiting time figures for June of 94% compare poorly against the 94.6% of June 2013, the 95.1% of June 2012 and the 96.6% of July 2007 shortly after the SNP came to power.

In June, only two NHS Boards achieved the original 98% standard with five NHS boards failing to achieve the ‘interim’ target of 95%

Commenting Mr Hume said:

“June is a time when A&E units will traditionally be under less pressure than in the winter months and yet the Scottish Government has still failed to achieve their revised target of 95% which came into place after they moved the goalposts last year. The reality is that this is the Scottish Government’s worst June performance since the SNP came to power and they still have much work to do to achieve their revised target which is due for delivery next month.

"These figures again call into question just how successful the SNP’s much heralded action plan has been.

"Our nurses and doctors continue to work under intolerable pressures due to the cuts in bed numbers, horrendous rates of bed blocking and staff shortages in wards. This is a direct result of SNP ministers taking their eyes off the ball while pursuing their independence obsession. They warn of the dangers of privatisation but it is their management of the NHS that patients should be more worried about.”

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