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Hume criticises unacceptable 20-hour A&E waits

February 10, 2014 8:49 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrats have criticised the SNP's mismanagement ofJim Hume MSPJim Hume MSP the NHS after figures published today revealed patients in A&E units have faced waits of over 20 hours before being admitted, transferred or discharged.

The figures come days after an Audit Scotland report discovered 305,696 bed days were occupied by patients aged 75 or older in 2012/13. Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP has consistently urged the Health Secretary to get a grip of capacity issues in Scotland's hospitals.

Mr Hume said:

"It's unacceptable that patients are facing waits of more than 20 hours in A&E units. Despite a warmer winter and a £50 million emergency care action plan it is clear that the Health Secretary is still failing to get a grip of A&E waiting times. Alex Neil should listen to the growing concerns from experts such as the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, who have pointed towards the perfect storm on the horizon.

"With fewer staffed beds, rising admissions and an ageing population, I have real concerns that the emergency care action plan will only be a sticking plaster over the SNP's wider mismanagement of our NHS."