New figures from the Scottish Government’s own statistical division found that thousands of patients in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde were made to wait more than 4 hours to be seen at A&E with hundreds waiting more than 8 hours.
Out of the 21,740 patients that visited an A&E department in Greater Glasgow and Clyde in October, 4135 had to wait over 4 hours to be seen and a further 416 had to wait for over 8 hours. 33 patients in October were left waiting for over 12 hours. Only 83% of patients were seen within 4 hours, falling short of the Scottish Government’s target of having 95% of patients being seen in under 4 hours.
Jackie Baillie said:
“These figures highlight the systematic failings of the health board and the Scottish Government when it comes to timely patient care. It is completely unacceptable that thousands of patients are not treated within 4 hours and these figures will only worsen as the effect of winter weather kicks in.
“Of course, these figures could have been improved if the health board was able to keep Out of Hours Services in local hospitals open. The Vale of Leven hospital Out of Hours service has been closed a whopping 134 in 2019*, so patients are left with no other choice but to go to A&E. The Cabinet Secretary for Health and her Health Board chiefs need to act fast to improve the situation for the sake of patient care.”
*Figures for January- September 2019 inclusive