Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has blasted the Scottish Government for failing to meet its A&E performance target for two years as he revealed that since the target was last met, more than a quarter of a million people have waited too long for treatment.
The Scottish Government’s 4-hour waiting time target is 95%. This has not been achieved since the week ending 30th July 2017.
In NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, the target has not been met since 25th September 2016. At the city’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital the target has only been met for two weeks since opening in 2015.
Since the Scottish Government last met their A&E target:
- 281,241 patients have waited over 4 hours for treatment
- 28,945 patients have waited over 8 hours for treatment
- 5,833 patients have waited over 12 hours for treatment
Mr Cole-Hamilton said:
“It is infuriating for patients, and health professionals, that it is now two years since A&E performance targets were met. In that time more than a quarter of a million people have waited too long in A&E.
“A year ago we were welcoming a new Health Secretary to the role. Sadly, under Jeane Freeman we have seen no progress in tackling long waits. The average weekly performance against the A&E target has actually worsened since her appointment.
“Doctors and nurses work incredibly hard, but they can only do so much. Social care, mental health and primary care services are all crying out for more investment. Boosting these would reduce the need for some patients to attend A&E and instead help them access the specialist services they need.
“Liberal Democrats will continue to demand better for patients.”