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FMQs: Yousaf told to fix ‘appalling’ NHS waiting times

Humza Yousaf has been told he must fix “appalling” waiting times in Scotland’s NHS after new statistics published this week revealed the worst ever A&E figures on record.

At First Minister's Questions, Douglas Ross highlighted official figures showing almost 9,000 patients waited over half a day for emergency treatment in January.

The Scottish Conservative leader raised the case of Ian Black, who gave up waiting for an ambulance after 15 hours when he was told Monklands Hospital was full. When he eventually got an ambulance the following morning it emerged that Mr Black had suffered a stroke.

He also cited the case of Kirsteen Campbell, from Ross-shire, who spent over seven hours in a waiting room at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, after experiencing symptoms of a suspected heart attack or blood clot.

In addition, Douglas Ross highlighted news reports that 18 ambulances were outside the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary at one stage last week.

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross said: “It’s unacceptable for so many patients to be waiting so long for treatment in Scotland’s NHS.

“The situation at A&E is the worst it has ever been, and dreadful problems are plaguing Scotland’s entire NHS.

“Patients are nearly 30 times more likely to be waiting over two years for treatment in Scotland’s NHS than south of the border. That is absolutely appalling.

“Since Humza Yousaf became First Minister, more than half a million days have been lost due to delayed discharge. The SNP’s broken promise to eradicate it has been incredibly costly for patients waiting for treatment.

“Ambulances are queued up outside hospitals, leaving patients in desperate need of help waiting hours and hours.

“Humza Yousaf must urgently get a grip on the crisis in Scotland’s NHS before it spirals further out of control.”