STRUGGLING TO COPE AS A&E TARGETS MISSED AGAIN

Jackie Baillie MSP and health board hospitals.

By Democrat reporter

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 and Lomond 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.”

STATISTICS: 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.
  • 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

One comment

  1. Ah another SNP bad story with Jaqueline once again the champion for and on behalf of Scotland’s voting public.

    With 38,361 A and E attendances within the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area the NHS should be congratulated for dealing with this huge number of people, very many of who self present. That’s one heck of a lot of throughput, and given the time needed for clinical examination, investigative X-rays and scans, blood and urine lab tests and the need for further clinical review, and treatment it’s absolutely amazing that only 92 patients ( or one fifth of one percent or 0.002 ) were recorded to have spent more 12 hours in A and E.

    Again taken in isolation it’s easy to make negative comment. But having to deal with 38,361 A&E sounds a big number too me – and one has to wonder how many A&E presentations are from people who shouldn’t be presenting at all as an emergency. That I suppose is a difficulty for a free at the point of delivery health service – but I wouldn’t have it any other way, despite a certain local politician a few years ago suggesting that fees should be introduced for going to see your doctor.

    Me, I think the accident and emergency do a great service. They triage patients as they come in, and if you’re pitching up with a sore toe, then you might not be the highest priority compared to a cardiac arrest. Few would complain about that, and especially with the huge number of attendees.

    Not quite the health care system in crisis and at ‘ breaking point ‘ as we are being told – but again, as always a caveat emptor for readers to challenge what they are being told. And so, as a parting shot, which party was it who privatised and outsourced hospital cleaning with devastating consequences – and what party was it who brought hospital cleaning back in-house, whilst abolishing hospital parking charges.

    Mnnn, I wonder if folks remember? I do and and it was not Jaqueline’s party who abolished the outsourced privatised cleaning and the hospital parking charges. People do not forget these things.

    Tioraidh an-drasda – Uilleam.

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