Record A&E waits but SNP focus on independence

Figures from Public Health Scotland show the worst ever figures for A&E waits, with just 64.9% of attendees at A&E services admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours, and the worst statistics on record for the number of people waiting over eight hours (9,108.)

Responding to these figures, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented: 

"Waiting times in our A&E departments have reached another record low once again. Week after week we are seeing NHS patients and staff in need of new hope, but little significant action from this SNP-Green Government to provide it.  

"Yet despite this ever-deepening crisis this SNP-Green have decided now is the time to shift focus to an unwanted independence referendum.

"Patients deserve to be seen for treatment quickly and close to home, and staff shouldn’t be constantly overwhelmed, but after 15 years of SNP mismanagement that seems less likely than ever.   

"The Health Secretary must finally move his focus back to the A&E crisis and listen to Scottish Liberal Democrat calls for a staff burnout prevention strategy and a Health and Social Care Staff Assembly. We need to stop experienced staff streaming for the exit and listen to their recommendations for how to resolve this crisis." 


Notes to editors: 

64.9% of attendances at A&E services were seen and resulted in a subsequent admission, transfer or discharge within 4 hours. 

9,108 patients spent more than 4 hours in an A&E department, up from 8,993 last week. 

3,090 patients spent more than 8 hours in an A&E department, up from 2,562 last week. 

1,153 patients spent more than 12 hours in an A&E department, up from 937 last week. 

Full statistics on A&E wait times can be found here.

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