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1,751 attendees having to wait over half a day to be seen at NHS Lothian A&E last year

The number of attendees having to wait for more than half a day to be seen at A&E departments in NHS Lothian has more than doubled over the last year, with an increase of 108%. No patient should have to wait for more than 12 hours at A&E before being seen but this is the case for thousands of Scots every year

The NHS has a target of 95 per cent of attendees being seen within four hours of arrival at A&E departments (in 2017/18 only 92.2 per cent of attendees were seen within four hours). As A&E departments prioritise meeting this waiting time target, attendees who have already waited more than four hours are having to wait longer to be seen (as they are already counted against a hospital’s four-hour target).

Miles Briggs, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Health spokesman comments:

“These figures raise serious concerns over A&E waiting times in NHS Lothian.

“NHS Lothian has the worst A&E waiting times of any health board and they are showing no sign of improvement.

“Time and again I have called on SNP Ministers to do more to support our hard working NHS staff, but to no avail.

“This is the last chance saloon for Shona Robinson to turn things around and start making improvements within NHS Lothian and NHS Scotland.”

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Miles Briggs