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Progress needed on A&E action plan as report shows long waits have trebled

May 7, 2014 1:46 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrats have called on the Scottish Government toJim HumeJim Hume provide an update on the progress of its national action plan to improve increasing waits in Scotland's A&E units.

The calls come after a report published by Audit Scotland today (Thursday 8th May) revealed that the number of patients waiting more than four hours to be seen in A&E units has trebled from 36,000 in 2008/09.

The damning report also found that issues with staffing levels, and bed shortages were the reason for over two thirds of waits over four hours.

Commenting, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP said:

"Things have gone from bad to worse in Scotland's A&E units. This damning report shows that the number of patients waiting over four hours to be seen in A&E units has trebled since the SNP came into office. We need to know if their national action plan to make things better is having the desired effect on patient care.

"Two thirds of patients waited more than four hours due to staffing or bed shortages. Whilst we are fully behind an increase in specialist consultants that alone will not be enough to address issues with the workforce in evenings and weekends. I want to know if the Scottish Government has listened to the full concerns raised by health boards in their response to the National Unscheduled Care Action Plan. I will be asking the Health Secretary to provide an update on the progress of the plan.

"If health boards are saying that they cannot improve flagging waiting times because of a shortage of staff or beds, the Scottish Government must work with them to address this."