Cole-Hamilton calls for action as A&E figures slip backwards
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today called for action on the emergency care crisis from the SNP/Green Government after the latest figures show the number seen within the target 4 hours fell to 69.6%, well below the targeted 95%.
Alex Cole-Hamilton also reiterated his call for an urgent inquiry into avoidable deaths linked to the crisis in emergency care.
Mr Cole-Hamilton said:
"Waiting times are out of control and people are dying as a result. Patients and staff desperately need action on this crisis from the First Minister and her Health Secretary, rather than bluster about the constitution.
"This complacent government was already pushing staff to their limits pre-pandemic when targets were missed for years on end. The SNP have failed our NHS. This is why the SNP/Green Government were wrong to vote down Scottish Liberal Democrat proposals for an urgent Staff Burnout Prevention Strategy.
"The Health Secretary must finally accept need for an inquiry into avoidable deaths linked to the crisis in emergency care. We all deserve to know why ministers have not fixed this crisis.
"Frontline staff need extra protection, patients need new hope and we all need ministers, and a government who are actually focused on the things that matter now."