The SNP are languishing under “another week of failure” as thousands of Scots are left suffering in pain for hours at A&E departments, says Jackie Baillie.

Despite the lowest attendances at A&E since early August, statistics published for the week ending 16th October show that only 65.3% of emergency department attendees were seen within the four-hour wait target. At the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley, the figure was just 54.1 percent.

Shockingly, 196 patients waited more than eight hours to be treated at the emergency department where residents from Dumbarton, the Vale of Leven, Balloch, Helensburgh and Lomond attend.

A further 76 patients suffered in pain for 12 hours before being seen here.

Dumbarton constituency MSP said: “The humanitarian crisis in our A&E has carried on for too long. Week after week thousands of Scots are left to suffer for hours in our emergency departments, many of whom are from my own constituency.

“The SNP have promised repeatedly to get a hold of this crisis, but there is no end in sight. Each week we see that there is little improvement. The staff at the RAH are trying their very best but performance at the hospital is among the worst in the country as both NHS workers and patients are being constantly let down by the SNP Government.

“With winter coming, Humza Yousaf must get a grip of this crisis without any further delay.”

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