A&E slump continues

Commenting on today’s A&E performance figures which show that more than 100 patients had to wait for over twelve hours during the week ending 3 February, double the figures for the week before, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

“Despite the best efforts of hardworking staff, patients are all too often waiting hours on end for treatment.

“Performance continues to slump and the A&E waiting time target hasn’t been achieved for more than 18 months. However, there is still no news from the Health Secretary on how and when she expects this target to be met again.

“It is time to give staff the resources they need and to ease the strain on A&E departments by boosting mental health, social care and GP services.”

The ISD Scotland figures can be found here.

Performance against the 4-hour target was 88.1% during the week ending 2 February 2019. During the same week last year (ending 4 February 2018) performance stood at 90.6%.

102 patients waited over 12 hours in the week ending 2 February 2019, compared to 55 the week before and 34 in the same week last year.

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