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New figures released by ISD Scotland show that the A&E waiting time target has been missed every month from April 2017 – April 2018 in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

The SNP government has an interim target of 95 per cent of patients admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours of arriving at A&E. The figures for April show that just 88.1% of patients in Greater Glasgow and Clyde were seen within this target time. Figures for the last year show that the percentage of patients seen within this time across the NHS area have never met the target and has reached 94% just once.

In April, 407 patients waited longer than 8 hours in hospitals across Glasgow and 25 patients waited longer than 12 hours.

NHS staff are overworked and under-resourced and need better support from the Scottish Government to deliver against challenging targets.

Jackie said:

 “Too many patients in Greater Glasgow and Clyde are waiting far too long for treatment at A&E. The SNP government have set targets for NHS treatment times that hospitals are struggling to meet for months on end. This is not fair on hard pressed staff and it’s not fair on patients.

“For one whole year, patients from our area have been routinely waiting longer than 4 hours at A&E departments. If this is not a wakeup call for this health secretary, then I’m not sure what will be. It’s time she got her brief under control, or stepped aside.”

A&E WAITING TIME TARGETS MISSED EVERY MONTH FOR A YEAR

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Figures released by ISD Scotland show that almost 400 patients have waited longer than the 18-week target time for access to mental health services in the first three months of 2018 in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde alone.

The numbers show that 96 young people waited longer than 18 weeks for child and adolescent mental health services in the first quarter of 2018, one of whom waited longer than 36 weeks.

And on psychological therapy waiting times for adults, more than 300 patients waited for more than 18 weeks for treatment, this is an increase of 250 patients compared with the same period last year.

Jackie said:

 “The SNP government’s warm words on mental health are no comfort to the 400 patients in Greater Glasgow and Clyde who have waited more than 18 weeks for treatment in the first three weeks of this year alone.

“NHS patients and staff deserve much more than the consistent failures of this government. It is a national scandal that mental health services are under such pressure that people are being forced to wait far too long.

“It really is time that this Health Secretary put patients and staff first.”

PATIENTS LEFT WAITING FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

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Jackie Baillie MSP

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