Central Scotland MSP, Stephen Kerr, has said the situation across the Forth Valley NHS area has reached a critical point and must be addressed by the Scottish Government.
Mr Kerr’s call comes after the latest A&E waiting times across Scotland hit their lowest level in six years. Nationally Only 76% of patients were seen within four hours at A&E departments.
The latest weekly statistics show that across the Forth Valley Health Board area only 65.6% of people attending A&E were seen within four hours.
That is worse than the previous weeks figures ( 75.7% ) and continues a trend of failing to meet the SNP Governments own target of 95% being seen within four hours.
Mr Kerr says SNP Health Secretary Humza Yousaf needs to work with frontline staff in at NHS Forth Valley to ensure that people across Falkirk are getting the attention within the timescales required.
The Scottish Conservatives would invest an extra £600m in the NHS to specifically tackle waiting times, which would be led by a dedicated team of clinicians.
Commenting, Stephen Kerr MSP said:
“The situation in our NHS area has reached a critical point. Patients from all over Falkirk are waiting hours on end in our A&E departments to be seen. That simply cannot continue.
Targets are being missed week after week. Our dedicated frontline staff are being completely overwhelmed and not supported by the Scottish Government.
The Scottish Conservatives would support our NHS by investing a further £600 million to specifically tackle waiting times. That would allow services in the Forth Valley to recover from the pandemic, and ensure patients would be seen as quickly as possible at A&E.”
Ayrshire And Arran 78.6% patients seen (15 Aug); 76% (8 Aug)
Borders 69.1% (Aug 15); 73.7 (8 August)
Dumfries and Galloway 81.2% (Aug 15), 83.8% (8 Aug)
Fife 79% (Aug 15) 86.8% (8 Aug)
Forth Valley 65.6% (Aug 15); 74.7% (8 Aug)
Grampian 75.8% (Aug 15); 82% (8 Aug)
Greater Glasgow and Clyde 74.9% (Aug 15); 75.8% (Aug 8)
Highland 84.4% (Aug 15) 84% (Aug 8)
Lanarkshire 67.8% (Aug 15); 67.5% (Aug 8)
Lothian 76.5% (Aug 15) 71.3% (Aug 8)
Orkney 90.7% (Aug 15); 98.5 (Aug 8)
Shetland 95.7% (Aug 15); 97.5% (Aug 8)
Tayside 92.3% (Aug 15); 92% (Aug 8)
Western Isles 94.1% (Aug 15); 99% (Aug 8)
August 15 figures: https://www.publichealthscotland.scot/publications/nhs-performs-weekly-update-of-emergency-department-activity-and-waiting-time-statistics/nhs-performs-weekly-update-of-emergency-department-activity-and-waiting-time-statistics-week-ending-15-august-2021/
August 8 figures: https://www.publichealthscotland.scot/publications/nhs-performs-weekly-update-of-emergency-department-activity-and-waiting-time-statistics/nhs-performs-weekly-update-of-emergency-department-activity-and-waiting-time-statistics-week-ending-8-august-2021/