Jackie Baillie MSP has called on the SNP government to provide more support and resources to the NHS as official figures confirm that their flagship A&E waiting time target has been broken nearly 10,000 times so far this year. This is a trend which is mirrored in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde with 13% of patients waiting longer than 4 hours at A&E making it the second worst performing health board in Scotland.
NHS Boards are expected to have 95% of patients presenting at A&E to be admitted, discharged or transferred for treatment within four hours or less.
The worst performing health board in June was NHS Forth Valley where just 87.5% of patients were seen within 4 hours, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde were only marginally better with just 87.7% of patients seen within 4 hours.
“The SNP government’s flagship A&E waiting time target has been consistently broken by health boards across the country since it was introduced. It is clear that our NHS simply doesn’t have the resources to provide patients with the care that they deserve.
“Despite the continuous hard work of our NHS staff, who go above and beyond the call of duty, our health care system is in crisis.
“It’s time that the Health Secretary urgently told us how she will fix this broken system to ensure that more patients are not left waiting hours for the treatment that they desperately need.”