Over Half of All Scots Waiting Over 12 hours in A & E are from NHS Lothian

News release from Miles Briggs MSP:

Over Half of All Scots Waiting Over 12 hours in A & E are from NHS Lothian

The last few weeks, up to the 10th December 2017, has seen the percentage of Lothian A & E patients being seen within the target of 4 hours drop significantly. NHS Lothian has consistently seen over 90% of patients within the 4 hour target, however, this has dropped to just 77.3% in the week ending 10 December 2017.

Also, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary was the worst of all Scottish emergency departments with just 64.1 per cent of patients being seen within 4 hours.

This has corresponded with a third of Scots (150 out of 450) who wait in A & E for over 8 hours waiting in NHS Lothian, and over half of Scots who wait in A & E for over 12 hours coming from NHS Lothian (54 out of 107).


These increased figures for waiting times follow the revelation at the beginning of December that NHS Lothian hospitals had been incorrectly reporting waiting times, not giving a true reflection of how bad waiting times currently are.

Miles Briggs comments:

“It is deeply concerning that the waiting times in Lothian are the worst in Scotland, in particular Edinburgh Royal Infirmary with just 64.1 per cent of patients seen within the 4 hours target. People in Lothian deserve to know why waiting times are so bad and I will be raising this with the Scottish Government in Parliament.

“SNP ministers have repeatedly boasted about A&E performances but these figures will give them nothing to crow about.

“The systematic failure of the Scottish Government to invest or support primary care has led to a predictable displacement of patient activity, driving up waiting times in emergency departments.

“The sad reality is that emergency departments cannot cope with this increase in patients, as well as seasonal pressures so patients are waiting longer, many of whom are in serious discomfort.

“However worrying these waiting times are, hopefully they are now accurate, and NHS Lothian can now act to reduce them as a matter of urgency.”


Miles Briggs