Oliver concerned over rise in waiting times

Dumfriesshire MSP Oliver Mundell has expressed concern after waiting times in the region showed a mark rise from the festive period in 2016.

New figures from the weeks ending December 24 and December 31 show that only 83.4% and 83.5% of patients were seen within the four-hour target set by the Scottish Government.

The figures are also well short of the 95% Scottish Government target and are a marked drop from the 92% achieved by NHS Dumfries and Galloway at the festive period in 2016.

While understanding winter is the toughest period for NHS staff, Mr Mundell says the SNP’s performance regarding NHS waiting times is only getting worse.

Commenting Oliver Mundell MSP said: “New figures showing a near 10% drop in patients being seen within four hours over the festive period in Dumfries and Galloway are yet another warning sign.

“While winter is obviously a very tough time for our NHS staff, it is clear that the lack of resources and support from the SNP Government are having very negative effects.

“With over 150 patients waiting more than four hours to be seen in our hospitals over the Christmas and New Year weeks, staff are being stretched to the limit.

“2018 needs to be the year when the SNP urgently address waiting times in our hospitals to ensure results significantly improve for our patients.

“Using soundbites like the problem is worse in England simply does not wash when the SNP have been in charge of our NHS for over a decade.”


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