19 February 2019

Responding to new figures showing A&E performance has slumped to 85.8 per cent against the 4 hour target, with over 500 patients waiting more than 8 hours, Labour Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health Monica Lennon said:

“These figures should set alarm bells ringing for Health Secretary Jeane Freeman.

“NHS staff in our A&E departments work incredibly hard but they simply are not receiving the support they need to see and treat all patients within the targets set by the SNP government.

"Cuts to out of hours services and a shortage of GPs means more people have to take themselves to A&E, putting more pressure on the service.

“People are being forced to wait in pain for treatment longer than they were promised they would have to. They need a government that faces the facts and delivers the support our NHS needs.

“Scottish Labour would invest in our NHS and social care services to ensure people always get the care they are promised.”

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