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Serious questions over flagship A&E action plan

May 27, 2014 5:17 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP has called Jim Hume MSPJim Hume MSPinto question the SNP's flagship plan to improve poor A&E waiting times after figures published today revealed that performance has worsened yet again.

Only one health board consistently met the original 98 percent four hour standard to be seen. Only 93.3 percent of patients were seen within the target in March, below the winter performance of 93.5 percent.

Earlier this year, the outgoing President of the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh warned that doctors and nurses were being placed under 'almost intolerable pressure' due to cuts in beds numbers, staff shortages and bed blocking.

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

"This raises serious questions over the SNP's flagship plan to improve already dismal waiting time performance in Scotland's A&E units. The figures published today showed that overall patients are waiting longer to be seen in spring than they were in winter.

"Our hard-working NHS staff and hospitals are being forced to use sticking plasters to fix a much deeper problem. Audit Scotland, the Royal College of Nursing and the former President of the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh have made clear that hospitals are struggling to cope with demand.

"The results we are seeing now are the direct result of the failure of SNP Ministers to get to grips with the health challenges we are facing and give NHS staff the support they need."