A&Es struggling to meet demand

Performance against the A&E waiting time target has fallen again across Scotland, with the super-hospital in Glasgow recording the worst weekly performance since it opened.

It is clear from these new statistics that emergency departments across Scotland are really struggling to meet demand.

At the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital alone almost 500 patients waited longer than four hours to be dealt with. It has struggled to meet this target from day one and staff and patients will be frustrated that there is little sign of this changing.

The facilities and dedication of the staff at the QEUH are first class but, as the RCN warned last week, services are under ‘real strain’.

Instead of focusing on another divisive independence referendum, SNP ministers should tell staff and patients at this hospital and others on the frontline across Scotland when they will finally deliver the support and resources they so desperately need.

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