Poor A&E waiting time performance now “the norm”

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has lambasted the Scottish Government for failing to address persistently poor A&E waits.

Official figures released today show performance against the 4-hour waiting time target sits at 88.7%. The Scottish Government’s target is 95%. This has not been achieved since July 2017.

The weekly figures also show 316 patients waited over 8 hours and 75 patients waited over 12 hours.

Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

“Performance against the A&E waiting time has dipped below 90% for three weeks in a row now. That hasn't happened since April. The public will be worried about how the NHS will cope through busy winter months if it is struggling this much already.

“The process is far from seamless and that’s because there aren't enough resources at each and every stage. Scotland’s social care system is under unprecedented pressure and as a result blocked beds are stopping other people leaving A&E.

"Missing this target has become the norm. People demand better from the Scottish Government. The doctors and nurses slogging away in A&E rooms across the country should be safe in the knowledge they have the support and staffing they need."

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