By Lucy Ashton

The SNP has become complacent about the crisis in A&E, Jackie Baillie has said as latest figures show performance declining again.

In the week ending October 1st, a shocking 132 patients attending A&E at Paisley’s RAH waited eight hours or more to be admitted, transferred or discharged.

This was the highest figure waiting eight hours or more since June.

The Dumbarton constituency MSP and Scottish Labour’s Health spokesperson Jackie Baillie, pictured right,  warned that this “constant chaos” is endangering lives and called on the SNP to act.

She said: “A&E in Scotland has been stuck in constant chaos for years now, but the SNP has become complacent. The most recent figure of waits lasting eight hours or more at Paisley’s A&E alone in just one week is awful.

“This is dangerous for patients who are showing up for emergency medical attention.

“The SNP government appear to have accepted this turmoil is the new normal for our health service and seem to have given up on fixing it.

“This relentless crisis is putting lives at risk every single week, forcing thousands of patients to suffer for hours on end and leaving staff exhausted.

“I will continue to fight for urgent action to end this crisis, starting by tackling delayed discharge and properly supporting staff.”

During week ending 1 October 2023

  • 17,123 (66.1%) of ED attendances were seen and resulted in a subsequent admission, transfer or discharge within 4 hours.
  • 2,870 (11.1%) patients spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 1,142 (4.4%) patients spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

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