Latest figures show that the SNP’s flagship waiting times target for A&E has been missed again by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
The target for 95 per cent of patients to either be seen, transferred or discharged within four hours has not been met for over two years.
Latest statistics show that in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde only 81.8 per cent of patients were seen within the 4 hour target and that almost 92 patients spent over 12 hours in A&E during November.
Dumbarton MSP Jackie Baillie has expressed concern that the worsening trend is yet another warning sign that the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is struggling to cope.
Jackie Baillie MSP said:
“SNP Ministers can’t keep ignoring that the pressure on A&E is increasing and patients are waiting longer. Experts have been warning for months about a lack of preparedness in our NHS for winter pressures.
“The Scottish Government has been complacent, and it is hardworking staff and patients who are being let down.
“NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde staff are being pushed to breaking point, and our hospitals are struggling like never before.
“The SNP must explain why the A&E waiting time target has not been met in two whole years.
“I will continue to make the case for the right investment in health and social care services and will speak up for NHS staff, trade unions and patients who are demanding better.”
NOTES TO EDITORS:
Figures from ISD report published 07/01/2020.
Emergency Department Activity & Waiting Times
During November 2019 in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde:
- There were 38,361 attendances at A&E services.
- 81.8% of attendances at A&E services were admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
- 752 patients spent more than 8 hours in an A&E department.
- 92 patients spent more than 12 hours in an A&E department.
- 10,040 of attendances led to an admission to hospital