The latest A&E performance statistics for the Royal Alexandra Hospital [RAH] in the week to 8th March have just been released. This A&E department had been put into ‘special measures’ by the Scottish Government.
Commenting in the latest figures for a hospital familliar to the many patients from Argyll who are referred to it for treatment, local MSP Jackie Baillie says: ‘More than five years have passed since the SNP last met their target of 98% of patients seen within four hours at the RAH.
‘These latest figures show that in one week alone more than 145 patients had to wait more than four hours for emergency treatment at the RAH. It’s clear that hardworking NHS staff are under intense pressure and the SNP have not done enough to deal with the A&E crisis.
‘Labour has a better plan for our NHS. We would use a UK-wide mansion tax on properties worth over £2 million to deliver £1 billion extra investment in our NHS over the next parliament. We would use our share of this money in Scotland to fund 1,000 extra nurses, many of whom will work in A&E departments.’
This is party politics time, with the General Election a few weeks away now. Labour sees the NHS as a major battleground on both sides of the border; and NHS Scotland has serious deficiencies.
A&E is, by its nature, on the frontline in service and in this political conflict.
Over the week ending 23:59 on Sunday the 8th March at Royal Alexandra Hospital:
- There were 1226 attendances at A&E
- The proportion of attendances that were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours was 88.2%.
- 145 patients (11.8%) spent more than 4 hours
- 3 patients (0.2%) spent more than 8 hours