A&E waiting times a 'wake-up call' - Monica Lennon

The Shadow Health Secretary, Monica Lennon, has warned of rising waiting times in Scottish A&E departments, and urged the Scottish Government to take action.

“With winter deaths reaching the highest level in 20 years, we cannot have a repeat of long queues at A&E." said Lennon, continuing; “SNP Ministers promised lessons would be learned from last year but health board winter plans are still sitting with the government."

“Our A&E waiting time performance has not recovered over the summer as hoped and that should act as a winter wake-up call for the SNP government."

Figures published today reveal 90.7 per cent of attendances at A&E services were seen and resulted in a subsequent admission, transfer or discharge within 4 hours, against the interim target of 95 per cent.

Meanwhile, at the flagship Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, the figures were 77.6 per cent.

A total of 261 people across Scotland had to wait more than eight hours, double the target time, to be admitted, transferred or discharged.

“Jeane Freeman says she is ‘a bit’ concerned about the level of delayed discharge. For the sake of people relying on social care this winter, I hope she’s taking it more seriously than that." added Lennon.

“People relying on health and social care services and hardworking staff deserve to know that our NHS will be properly resourced this winter.”

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