Dumbarton MSP Jackie Baillie and Health Minister Humza Yousaf.

Scotland’s missing in action Health Minister has left Scotland’s NHS in chaos as a winter of disruption looms, Jackie Baillie has warned today.

Statistics published this morning have thrown light on the crisis facing Scotland’s NHS – with the worst monthly performance against the four-hour A&E target recorded.

The A&E statistics show that, for July 2022, only 69.9 percent of attendances at A&E services were seen and resulted in a subsequent admission, transfer or discharge within four hours, and shockingly 4,483 patients spent more than 12 hours in an A&E department.

The figures were even worse at the Royal Alexandra Hospital with just 51.6 percent of people attending being seen within four hours. 240 patients had to wait for more than eight hours and 88 had a wait of 12 hours or more.

Newly-released stats have also shown that in July 2022 delayed discharge was at its highest level since guidance was introduced in 2016, with a daily average number of 1,806 beds occupied by someone who was ready to be discharged from hospital – an increase of eight percent compared to June 2022.

In July 2022, there were 55,992 days spent in hospital by people whose discharge was delayed – an increase of 32 percent compared with the number of delayed days in July 2021 (42,364).

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Vale of Leven Hospital.

Furthermore, quarterly waiting times statistics have shown an increase in the number of new patients waiting on outpatient appointments across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, which takes in West Dunbartonshire. There are 133,510 people waiting with almost half (48.5 percent) waiting for over 16 weeks. A total of 76,331 have been waiting over 12 weeks. The total number increased from 126,481 during the previous quarter.

There are also 13,066 people in the health board area waiting for inpatient and day care treatment, with 3787 waiting more than 12 weeks. This rose from 12,137 the previous quarter.

The Dumbarton constituency MSP said: “Scotland’s Health Minister Humza Yousaf is a record breaker – worst A&E stats on record, highest level of delayed discharge, longest waiting lists – he’s broken all the records.

“That we are facing the worst ever A&E statistics on record for July is both shameful and deeply alarming. The figures are continually poor at the RAH where many of my constituents go, despite the efforts of the hard-working NHS staff there.

“The SNP’s missing in action Health Minister has plunged almost every aspect of our NHS into chaos just before winter starts to bite. Waiting times across the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area are spirally, leaving people from West Dunbartonshire in pain for longer than is necessary.

“Make no mistake, this incompetent Health Secretary’s failure to support our NHS and those who work in it will lead to lives being lost this winter.  There is no simple fix to this crisis – the SNP has failed almost every aspect of our NHS.  The people who live here should not have to pay the price of SNP failure.”

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