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Cole-Hamilton: SNP still failing to improve A&E waits

May 7, 2019 7:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has criticised ministers for failing to give NHS staff the resources they need as new statistics reveal performance against the 4-hour A&E waiting time target has dropped to 87.4%, meaning the government has failed to meet its own target for 21 consecutive months.

The weekly figures published by ISD Scotland show 412 patients waited over 8 hours in the week ending 28 April. In addition, 135 patients waited over 12 hours.

The Scottish Government's target is 95%. This has been missed since July 2017.

Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

"These new statistics are very disappointing and show performance against the 4-hour target is once again slipping because the SNP aren't properly resourcing the NHS.

"Doctors and nurses work incredibly hard, but they can only do so much. Social care, mental health and primary care services are all crying out for more investment and failures in those spheres are slowing down our hospitals.

"We're heading towards two years of the SNP failing to meet the target that they set for themselves. Week after week these statistics are dropped onto the Health Secretary's desk but we haven't seen progress. Liberal Democrats demand better."