Slow progress on A&E shows SNP complacency

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP has challenged the SNP Government’s “complacency and inaction” in improving A&E wait times for the thousands of people who wait for more than 4 hours to be seen.


Figures released today show that nearly one in ten patients continue to face waits of more than four hours to be seen at many of Scotland’s struggling A&E units. At the week ending 7th June, 92.6 percent of patients were seen within four hours, with performance against the target barely improving on previous months.

Mr. Hume said:

“Despite fewer people attending A&E departments it remains that nearly one in ten people are facing waits of more than four hours. This shows the SNP’s complacency and inaction towards relieving pressure on struggling hospitals.

“Performance against the target has barely improved in recent months, so patients will expect SNP ministers to investigate what more can be done. Scottish Liberal Democrats urge the SNP Government to listen to the views of hard working NHS staff and act on their concerns.”

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