Responding to figures which reveal that A&E waiting times have soared to their worst level since January, with just 60.9% of people being seen within 4 hours in emergency departments during the week ending 5th November, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:
“These disastrous numbers expose the appalling legacy of Humza Yousaf’s time as Health Secretary. It is his Recovery Plan that is leaving patients waiting in pain and forcing staff to pick up the pieces.
“Everyone on the frontline knows the situation is desperate and many shifts are dangerously understaffed, but SNP and Green ministers have sat on their hands.
“Michael Matheson must now press the reset button and put the voices of staff first. That means completely overhauling the failed NHS Recovery Plan, bringing forward an urgent inquiry into the hundreds of avoidable deaths linked to the emergency care crisis and implementing a plan that will meaningfully tackle burnout among staff.”
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You can find the full figures here