A&E target breached 6,000 times

Press Release, 13th May, 2015

A&E target breached 6,000 times

Commenting on the Greenock Telegraph’s investigation that found the A&E waiting time target had been breached 6,000 times Duncan McNeil said:

“Last year alone, the target was breached on over 3,000 occasions and in one case an elderly patient had to wait over 17 hours.  Doctors and nurses are working round the clock to help people but it would appear they are not being given the resources to do their job.”

“Furthermore, it’s clear, as NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have admitted themselves that a lack of places in the community is contributing to the build-up in our hospitals.”

“The Scottish Government’s A&E action plan announced today is welcome. However, given their previous failure it is absolutely necessary to have additional investment in community services to reduce the pressure on our hospitals.”