Scottish Labour have warned that we are at risk of another devastating winter death toll, as A&E figures hit a new record low.


During the last week of September, just 71.3% of people at A&E were seen within 4 hours – the worst figures yet. Over 1,700 patients had to wait more than 8 hours with 591 people waiting more than 12 hours. These waits are despite the 1,000 fewer patients attending A&E compared to the week prior.


This comes as new Winter Mortality Statistics revealed last year’s devastating death toll, with 4,330 excess deaths recorded last winter. This is the second highest rate in 20 years.


Scottish Labour has said this report is a “heartbreaking” reminder of how high the stakes are, as it urged the SNP to take action to prevent a similar catastrophe this winter.


Commenting, Scottish Labours’ Health and Covid Recovery spokesperson Jackie Baillie said:


“Last year’s tragic winter death toll is a heartbreaking reminder of how high the stakes are as we head into winter.


“We must do everything possible to make sure we don’t see this scale of devastation again – but as it stands we are woefully unprepared.


“A&E performance has hit yet another record low this week, as the pressure in our NHS continues.


“It is becoming clear that we are on track for another winter catastrophe this year if we fail to act.


“The SNP need to listen to the warnings from staff on the frontline and get a grip on the growing emergency in our NHS before the cold weather really bites.


“There is no time to waste when this many lives are on the line.”


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