HEALTH: BAILLIE WARNS A&E ‘STILL IN CRISIS’ WITH RAH UNDER PRESSURE 

By Lucy Ashton

Jackie Baillie has warned that A&E is still in crisis as it faces yet another week of dismal figures where just half of those attending at the emergency department at the RAH were seen within four hours.

In the week ending 13 November 2022, the Paisley hospital recorded its third worst ever figures against the Scottish Government’s own four-hour standard with only 51.2 percent of patients being seen within that time frame.

Only three hospitals across Scotland recorded worse figures that week. An eye-watering 2,912 patients waited more than eight hours, and a shocking 1,036 were stuck at A&E for more than 12 hours.

Dumbarton MSP Jackie Baillie and Health Secretary Humza Yousaf.

Dumbarton constituency MSP Jackie Baillie said: These grim figures show that our A&E is still in crisis. I am alarmed by the fact that only half of people who attended at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, including people from Dumbarton, the Vale of Leven, Helensburgh and Lomond, were seen within four hours at an emergency department.

“Our hard working NHS staff and their patients are facing immensely challenging conditions, and there is little reassurance that things will improve as we head into winter.

“Our vital health services are being pushed to the point that they are now under real threat of privatisation on the SNP’s watch as they have continually failed to support the NHS or its staff.

“We must tackle this crisis urgently before the disastrous stewardship of Humza Yousaf puts any more lives at risk.”

During week ending 13 November 2022:

  • There were 26,280 attendances at Emergency Departments in NHS Scotland including 1116 at the RAH.
  • 65.3% of ED attendances were seen and resulted in a subsequent admission, transfer or discharge within four hours. The figure at the RAH was just 51.2 percent – the third worst on record for the hospital.
  • 2,912 patients spent more than eight hours in an Emergency Department including 207 at the RAH.
  • 1,036 patients spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department including 46 at the RAH.

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