I've called on SNP Ministers to give NHS staff the support they need after new A&E statistics recorded the worst performance against waiting time targets since March and performance plummeted at Glasgow’s super hospital.
In the week ending 20 November, 2135 patients across Scotland waited more than four hours to be seen. This amounts to 8.4% of patients - the worst performance recorded since the start of March.
Performance at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow fell to 77.4%, down from 83.6% the previous week.
This is amongst the worst performance ever recorded at the super-hospital since it opened in May 2015, having previously recorded 77.2% in both October 2015 and January 2016.
These new statistics show the worst A&E waiting time performance since the start of March. The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow recorded one of its worst weeks in its eighteen month history, with its plummeting performance resulting in around one in four patients waiting more than four hours to be seen.
Ministers must urgently establish what is needed to turn performance around at this flagship hospital. Its experts have already been in and out, in and out. NHS bosses said they would be “consistently delivering” against the key waiting time target by last spring. What has gone wrong?
However, QEUH is not alone in experiencing problems. No one doubts the commitment of staff at this A&E and facilities across the country but ministers must ensure they are getting all the support they need to reduce waiting times for patients. Without this, waiting times will only get worse as winter gets underway.