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Almost 1,000 waiting over 12 hours at A&E – highest since records began

Almost a thousand patients waited longer than 12 hours at A&E in November 2019 – the highest number since records began in 2011, according to the latest figures released today.

The statistics from ISD Scotland highlight this massive increase from the 657 patients who waited over 12 hours in October 2019.

In addition, the figures show that only 85 percent of patients were seen within the target time of 4 hours, well below the SNP government’s own target of 95 percent.

NHS Lothian had the worst performance with only 81.4 percent of patients being seen within the target time, leaving almost 20 percent of patients to wait longer than 4 hours.

Miles Briggs, Scottish Conservative shadow health secretary said;

 

“These figures are a truly shocking indictment of the SNP’s management of our NHS.

“It is utterly unacceptable that almost a thousand people waited in A&E for over 12 hours last month, most likely in fear and pain.

“These dreadful statistics are the result of the SNP’s decisions to reduce capacity and staff numbers within our NHS.

“Hospital staff are clearly unable to cope and the result on morale is devastating.

“It is becoming clearer by the day that the SNP cannot be trusted to run our NHS.”

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Notes to editors:

 

The latest figures can be found here - https://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Emergency-Care/Publications/2020-01-07/Summary/index.asp

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