Commenting on new A&E stats showing the A&E target was hit for just 85.8% of attendees, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:
“The target for A&E attendees to be seen within 4 hours has now not been hit since July. Thousands of patients are waiting hours for treatment and care.
“You cannot dismiss the pain of more than 3,000 people as being down to exceptional winter pressures, especially when the British Medical Association say this is not the case.
“Pressures are being piled on NHS staff. Scottish Government ministers need to recognise that we need to transform these services in the long-term, as well provide NHS staff with the support and resources they need to deliver the best care for patients in the short-term."