Forth Valley A&E waiting times still worst in Scotland

Forth Valley A&E waiting times still worst in Scotland

Forth Valley A&E waiting times still worst in Scotland

Latest official figures show that A&E waiting times in NHS Forth Valley are still the worst in Scotland.

According to Public Health Scotland Weekly Data, NHS Forth Valley has recorded the worst A&E waiting times in Scotland every week, since 9 August.

For week ending 7 November, the A&E department treated 1128 patients - 41.1% (or 464) were waiting more than 4 hours. 63 patients waited over 8 hours, and 13 waited more than 12 hours.

An average of just 48% of patients attending Forth Valley Royal Hospital emergency department were seen within four hours in October, compared to a Scotland-wide average of 70.8 per cent.

The Scottish Governments own target is 95 per cent.

Mid Scotland MSP, Dean Lockhart,  described the statistics as ‘shocking and inexcusable’.

The news comes after the Scottish Government were criticised for ‘passing the buck’ for their dismal A&E waiting-time record by issuing new guidance aimed at discouraging people from attending emergency departments.

Dean Lockhart said: “It is shocking and inexcusable that so many people are waiting so long for treatment.

“The overstretched NHS staff are doing their best but they are not getting the support they desperately need.

“Patients across Stirling are suffering more and longer waiting for treatment than anywhere else in Scotland, yet the Scottish Government has failed to use the support available from the British Armed Forces

“Scottish Ministers have done nothing to get on top of this crisis. With winter approaching I am really worried that this will get even worse.

“The Scottish Government must urgently produce a realistic action plan to get additional support to struggling health boards, like ours, before even more patients suffer.”