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Hume concerned over A&E setback

May 19, 2015 1:44 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP has said that another setback in the improvements of Scotland's A&E waiting times shows that the SNP Government still has its eye off the ball.

Weekly A&E figures published today showed that 155 patients faced waits of more than 8 hours, up from 76 the previous week.

Mr Hume said:

"The reality is that many A&E units are still bumping along at the same rate of performance. An increase in admissions in the week ending the 10th May resulted in a corresponding increase in patients facing longer waits.

"This setback in the performance against Scotland's A&E waiting times shows that the SNP government still has its eye off the ball. Its short term National Unscheduled Care Programme does not give health boards the flexibility or support they need to tackle the underlying causes of Scotland's A&E crisis.

"Scottish Liberal Democrats will continue to urge SNP ministers to listen to the experts and give NHS staff the support they need to get ahead of these pressures."