Second worst A&E waiting times as SNP focus on independence
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats
Responding to figures from Public Health Scotland showing the crisis in our A&E departments continuing, with just 65% of attendees at A&E services admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:
"The SNP's target for A&E waiting times is for 95% of attendees to be seen within 4 hours, we are currently seeing figures of 65% and we haven't seen a figure above 70% since May. These kinds of extreme wait times puts lives at risk.
"If this target cannot be met in the middle of summer, just imagine the chaos once winter comes.
"Yet despite this deepening crisis, the SNP/Green government would rather spend their days talking about an unwanted independence referendum and getting into spats with the UK government, rather than taking action to reduce waiting times.
"Patients deserve to be seen for treatment quickly and close to home, and staff should not be simply left to make do in a state of perpetual crisis. Sadly after 15 years of SNP mismanagement that seems less likely than ever.
"The Health Secretary simply has to put his focus back squarely back on the A&E crisis now and listen to Scottish Liberal Democrat calls for a staff burnout prevention strategy and a Health and Social Care Staff Assembly. We need the Scottish Government to be working flat out to solve this crisis, not wasting effort on an unwanted independence referendum."