Hume slams SNP over A&E crisis whitewash

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP has slammed the SNP Government for attempting to whitewash the growing crisis in Scotland’s A&E units.


Last night it emerged that the Scottish Government had been forced to send a support team into the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley to address its worsening performance against waiting times. Last month, only 84 percent of A&E patients at that hospital were treated within the four hour timeframe, 10 percent fewer than the Government’s target.

The SNP Government has persistently  failed to get a grip of pressures on A&E units. Only last week it was reported that patients had to wait up to 20 hours in a Portakabin to be seen at Glasgow's Victoria Hospital.

Mr Hume today repeated Scottish Liberal Democrat calls for the SNP Government to publish A&E waiting times on a weekly basis in a bid to shed light on emergency care in Scotland.

Mr Hume said:

“The SNP Government took its eye off the ball and now it is attempting to whitewash the growing crisis in Scotland’s A&E units.

“The reality is that the crisis in emergency care is worsening – not improving. Why were the public only told about the extent of the situation facing Royal Alexandra Hospital once the Scottish Government sent in an emergency support team?

“People will understandably be concerned that other hospitals could be on the brink of a similar situation.

“The SNP Government has for too long failed to get a grip of the crisis in emergency care. A start would be to shed some light on the real situation facing our A&E units.

“The Health Secretary should stop resisting our calls and publish A&E waiting times on a weekly basis. All we want the SNP Government to do is make the information they already have available to people across Scotland.”

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