Jackie Baillie has warned that performance in Scotland’s A&E is going in reverse, as latest figures show performance declining for the second week in a row.

In the week ending 12th February 2023, just 67.9 percent people attending A&E across Scotland were seen within the targeted four hours. The figure at the Royal Alexandra Hospital was even lower – at just 65.9 percent.

Some 1012 people presented at the emergency department at the Paisley hospital, where patients from Dumbarton, the Vale of Leven, Helensburgh and Lomond attend in that week – the highest number of attendees since 8th January.

The Dumbarton constituency MSP warned that it would be “disastrous for Scotland” if the Health Secretary’s failure was rewarded with a promotion to the top job.

Jackie Baillie, who is Scottish Labour’s Health Spokesperson, said: “The crisis in A&E is still putting lives at risk every week and piling unmanageable pressure on to NHS staff.

“At the Royal Alexandra Hospital, where my constituents attend, performance is among the worst in the country. Less people are being seen within the four-hour standard compared to previous weeks as the number of patients presenting is again on the rise. This is a big worry and needs to be addressed properly by the Health Secretary – whose attention is clearly elsewhere at this point.

“At a time when we desperately need to see real progress, things are going in reverse under this negligent Health Secretary.

“It would be disastrous for Scotland if Humza Yousaf’s failure was rewarded with a promotion to the top job.

“Our NHS deserves better and the people of Dumbarton, the Vale of Leven, Helensburgh and Lomond deserve better too.”

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