SNP out of excuses on A&E failures

Scottish Liberal Democrats have said that a Scottish Government U-turn over the weekly publication of A&E waiting times shows the SNP is out of excuses and out of touch.


After weeks of rejecting Scottish Liberal Democrat calls, Health Secretary Shona Robison today announced that statistics on waiting times from Scotland’s crisis-stricken A&E units would be published on a weekly basis.

The Health Secretary had previously said that she believed that publication “on a monthly basis is correct, and that is what will happen.” She also claimed that the Scottish Government had no influence over such a move, claiming it would amount to “political interference.”

Only today, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP repeated calls for A&E waiting times to be published weekly, in an amendment to a debate tomorrow (Wednesday 18th) in Holyrood.

Mr Hume said:

“The Scottish Government’s U-turn on the weekly publication of A&E waiting times shows that the SNP is out of excuses and out of touch.

“Scotland’s A&E units are in crisis mode yet the Health Secretary took weeks to respond to our calls for transparency. SNP ministers have taken their eye off the ball.

“Communities and the government can use these weekly statistics to bring A&E waiting times down.

“Patients deserve to know the scale of the crisis which has caused too many to face waits of over 12 hours to be seen in A&E units. Scottish Liberal Democrats will continue to pressure the Scottish Government to give hospitals the vital support needed to build a fairer society with decent public services.”

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