Monica Lennon MSP comments on record-low NHS Forth Valley A&E waiting times

Statistics published this morning have revealed that NHS Forth Valley’s A&E waiting times are the worst in Scotland, with just over half of patients (51.8 per cent) seen within 4 hours.

Scotland-wide statistics show accident and emergency waiting times have hit all-time record low: only 69.6 per cent of attendances at A&E services were seen and resulted in a subsequent admission, transfer or discharge within 4 hours for the week ending on 24 October.

Furthermore, a shocking 137 patients spent more than 8 hours in Forth Valley Royal Hospital A&E department.

Commenting, Central Scotland MSP Monica Lennon said:

“A&E services in NHS Forth Valley are in crisis, and the situation is worsening with every passing week.

“Worried patients and their families are crying out for help, and overworked healthcare staff have been sounding the alarm for months.

“The Scottish Government’s Health Secretary must take proper action; neighbouring NHS Lanarkshire has already declared a Code Black.

“With lives on the line NHS Forth Valley needs urgent support to run a fully-functioning health service.

“Patients and staff need a workable plan for our NHS to avoid this crisis deepening over winter. The Scottish Government must take action now to prevent avoidable deaths and ill-health.”

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