Mid Scotland & Fife MSP, Dean Lockhart says the Scottish Government have completely failed to give patients answers as to how waiting times will urgently be brought under control across the Forth Valley NHS area.
Mr Lockhart believes Stirling’s patients are continuing to be failed by delays and inaction from SNP Health Secretary Humza Yousaf and silence from the Stirling constituency MSP, Evelyn Tweed.
Only 74.2% of patients across Scotland were treated within four hours of arriving at A&E, the fourth week in a row that waiting times have got worse. The own SNP’s target is for 95% of patients to be seen at A&E within four hours.
Across the Forth Valley it is even worse with only 57% of patients being seen within four hours of arriving at A&E. This is again the worse figure in the country and fallen consistently week on week.
Forth Valley - 57% (Aug 29) 59.6% (Aug 22); 65.6% (Aug 15) 74.7% (8 Aug) 81.9% (1 Aug).
Dean Lockhart MSP said:
“Patients and NHS staff across Stirling are continuing to be let down by a complete failure to address the worsening crisis in waiting times at A&E departments.
''These are again the worse figures in the entire country and mean that nearly half of everyone needing to go to A&E are waiting more than four hours. This is awful for them and for the staff that are doing the best they can.
''This is surely unacceptable and I am appalled at the lack of any action from Holyrood and silence from the constituency MSP.
''I call on Ms Tweed to support me in my campaign to get this situation addressed urgently by her Scottish government.''
29 August figures: https://www.publichealthscotland.scot/publications/nhs-performs-weekly-update-of-emergency-department-activity-and-waiting-time-statistics/nhs-performs-weekly-update-of-emergency-department-activity-and-waiting-time-statistics-week-ending-29-august-2021/