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Cole-Hamilton: A&E waiting times horrendous

January 17, 2017 12:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said that the latest A&E waiting times are "simply horrendous" after they recorded the worst performance since March 2015.

In the week ending 8th January, performance against A&E target was at 87.9% with over 3,000 patients waiting more than 4 hours to be seen. 454 patients were forced to wait more than 8 hours.

Performance at Glasgow's Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH), dubbed the super hospital, fell to 74.8% - the worst performance since it opened - with 465 patients waiting more than four hours.

Commenting Mr Cole-Hamilton said:

"These A&E statistics are simply horrendous. Emergency departments across Scotland recorded their worst performance in two years. The QEUH in Glasgow recorded its worst performance against this target since it opened.

"Performance is plummeting. The BMA warned at the weekend that there is a risk of 'system breakdown' as parts of the NHS are stretched to 'breaking point'. Staff and those in need of urgent care are being let down by the SNP's inability to get to grips with this crisis.

"What's incredibly frustrating is the fact that these warning signs were there. Scottish Liberal Democrats have consistently highlighted the failing performance in our A&E departments for months.

"Ministers must urgently establish what is needed to buck this trend. Such long waiting times are unacceptable. Patients and the staff who treat them quite rightly shouldn't have to put up with it."