Official figures published today show 95 per cent of patients have not been admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours from Emergency Departments across Scotland at any point since July 2017.
Meanwhile the figures also show that 42,375 bed days were lost in June this year to delayed discharge – an increase of eight per cent compared to the same month in 2017.
That means 248,246 bed days have been lost to delayed discharge so far in 2018.
The figures, provided by ISD Scotland, also show that so far in 2018 more than a quarter of cancelled operations were scrapped due to capacity or non-clinical reasons.
Anas Sarwar, Labour's health spokesperson condemned the findings.
“For almost a year, thousands of patients across Scotland have had to wait more than four hours to be seen at A&E wards." he said.
“That is unacceptable – and so is the huge increase in bed blocking due to delayed discharge, up eight per cent on last year, meaning there are already almost 250,000 bed days lost since the start of 2018."
“Our nurses and doctors do tremendous work, but the reality is they have been left overworked, understaffed and under-resourced by an SNP government that is focused on nationalism instead of fixing our NHS."
Sarwar blamed the Scottish Government for failing to tackle the increasing problems in the Scottish NHS.
“These successive missed targets are down to years of mismanagement of our most important public service by the SNP Government." he said,
“It is now clear new SNP Health Secretary Jeanne Freeman MSP faces a monumental challenge if she is to even start undoing some of the failings of her predecessors."
We reached out for a comment from the Scottish Government's Health Department, but could not get a response.
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