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Urgent action needed to tackle A&E crisis

March 3, 2015 11:13 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP has called on SNP ministers to set out how they plan to tackle the crisis facing A&E units.

The call comes as the first of weekly figures on performance against A&E waiting times was published today.

The figures showed that in the month ending January 31st, 87 percent of attendances at A&E units were seen within four hours, against the interim target of 95 percent.

Mr Hume said:

"We called for A&E figures to be published on a weekly basis so SNP ministers could take quick action. These figures show SNP ministers have taken their eye off the ball, with far too many people not being seen within the target treatment time. It is particularly worrying that, in the last month alone, the number of people waiting for more than 8 hours to be seen almost doubled to 3,215 people.

"The number of those waiting for more than 12 hours almost tripled to 703. The crisis facing A&E units couldn't be more apparent - now NHS staff and patients need to know what the SNP is going to do to fix it."