Jackie Baillie has condemned the SNP for another abysmal A&E performance in the run up to Christmas with just over half of those attending at the RAH in Paisley being seen within four hours.

In the week ending 11th December, the second-worst weekly performance was recorded across Scotland, as only 62.4 percent of patients were seen and admitted, transferred, or discharged within four hours.

Shockingly, at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley, this was just 51.3 percent, among the worst it has ever been on record against the Scottish Government’s own standard.

A shocking 3,048 patients were waiting for over eight hours in an Emergency Department, 238 of which were at the Paisley unit and 1,153 patients languished in A&E for over 12 hours before being admitted, transferred, or discharged. The figure at the RAH was 63.

Jackie Baillie, Dumbarton constituency MSP, Jackie Baillie said: “The SNP promised to get a handle on this crisis before we faced the worst pressures of the winter – instead, we are facing Christmas chaos in our A&E despite the tireless efforts of staff. People across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde are being warned not to attend unless their condition is life-threatening. This shows just how desperate the situation now is.

“The increased pressure of winter on our NHS should have been anticipated, but A&E performance is not getting any better and this government is doing nothing to support staff. At the Royal Alexandra Hospital, where many of my constituents attend, the figures during this particular week are among the worst they have ever been. Lives will be in danger as a result.

“The SNP has had months to tackle this crisis and have made absolutely no progress. They are clearly not fit to run our NHS.

“It’s clear that Humza Yousaf has entirely failed as Cabinet Secretary for Health. What Scotland needs for Christmas is a new Health Minister.”

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