Throughout the whole of this summer, performance against the A&E target has been worse than it was at the same time last year.
Only 88.6% of patients were seen at A&E within 4 hours, with 370 patients waiting more than 8 hours and 121 patients waiting more than 12 hours.
Long waits are being experienced by as many as 1,000 more patients each week.
The SNP Government made a big song and dance of producing a waiting times plan but it doesn’t seem to be having an impact. Waits are longer now. To make matters worse, ministers still haven’t even produced the integrated workforce plan due last year.
Staff and patients have every right to demand better. The Health Secretary should ease the strain on A&E departments by boosting mental health, social care and GP services.