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A&E time targets missed across Scotland

Posted in: Medical Negligence 

Recently released figures show that A&E departments across Scotland failed to meet the national standard in January. The figures cover all major hospitals in Scotland, and show that only 87% of people were treated within the four-hour waiting time target, as opposed to the expected 95%. In the week between 16 and 22 February, 86% of people were seen in four hours, in comparison to 88% over the same week in England.

The Health Secretary, Shona Robison, said that more needed to be done to tackle the growing pressures on A&E departments across the country. She said that the Scottish Government was committed to solving the issue and improving performance throughout the entire system.

“to relieve pressure”

She said: “To tackle this, we are targeting £5m from our £31.5m performance fund to drive forward improvement across NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, to relieve pressure at the front door of the hospital.

January saw the Scottish government announce that £100m would be invested to help health boards and local authorities tackle the growing issue of bed-blocking, an improvement that would help move people through the A&E system more smoothly and subsequently increase efficiency.

Weekly figures show that 10 out of 14 health boards are treating about 9 out of 10 A&E patients within four hours – statistics that need to be improved on.

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