As the number of attendances drop from their worst peak, we cannot normalise thousands waiting at A&E, warns Baillie.

A&E wait times remain dismal as only 70.1 percent of ED attendances across Scotland were seen and resulted in a subsequent admission, transfer or discharge within four hours. At the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley, just 64.7 percent of those who presented at the A&E unit were seen within the target time.

A shocking 2,331 patients waited longer than eight hours, 134 of them at Paisley’s RAH.

The state of our health service was also laid out in the Public Health Scotland report, which highlighted widening health inequalities and falling life expectancy across Scotland.

It revealed barriers such as a lack of clear and shared language about what investment is needed to tackle these problems, as well as a lack of investment in primary prevention.

Dumbarton constituency MSP Jackie Baillie said: “These figures are an improvement on the dismal winter A&E stats, but the fact remains that our NHS is in crisis with thousands waiting too long for treatment.

“There are even fewer people showing up at the Royal Alexandra Hospital again this week, where my constituents from Dumbarton, the Vale of Leven, Helensburgh and Lomond attend. While this will understandably help targets being met, I worry that people who do need emergency care are simply not showing up because they don’t want to burden the NHS. This is unacceptable and cannot continue.

“Patient and staff wellbeing is still at risk, lives are being lost and delayed discharge is at breaking point.

“The SNP must end delayed discharge, which causes capacity problems with a lack of available beds, and stop this crisis once and for all.”

“They must also invest further in primary care and tackle illnesses before they get serious. Health inequalities are widening under the SNP’s watch, and they must tackle this issue head on.”

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