Jackie Baillie MSP has called on the Scottish Government to provide better support for our NHS as the latest A&E figures show that over 1,000 people in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde waited longer than 4 hours in Accident and Emergency departments.

The latest figures from ISD Scotland show that more than 15% of people in Greater Glasgow and Clyde waited longer than the 4-hour target at A&E during the second week in February. The health board performed worse than the Scottish Average with as many as 1,140 people waiting longer than the target time.

The Scottish Government have set health boards a target of admitting, discharging or transferring 95% of A&E patients within 4 hours of arrival. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have not met this target for more than 2 years, last meeting the target in September 2016.

Jackie said:

“Our NHS staff are the heart of our health service, they work exceptionally hard but it is clear that they are not getting the support that they need to treat patients within the target times set by the Scottish Government.

“The numbers represent real people who are waiting, in pain, for treatment for longer than they were promised.

“It is clear that our A&E departments, and our whole health service needs to be properly resourced and staff need more support.

“I hope that this Scottish Government will open their eyes to the problems that they are creating and ensure that patients get the treatment they need as quickly as possible.”

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