NHS Waiting Times

OVER 4337 PEOPLE WAITED TOO LONG AT H&I  A&E IN 2018 

 

Over 4337 people waited too long at H&I   A&E departments in 2018, new figures released today reveal.

 

Data published by ISD Scotland reveals that 3600  people waited more than 4 hours at NHS Highland Accident and Emergency Departments last year, with 194 waiting over 8 hours. 257 waited more than 4 hours in NHS Orkney. 278 in NHS Shetland and 102 in NHS Western Isles.

 

Scottish Labour said the figures evidenced the stress our health service is under, with overworked staff facing crowded A&E departments because of mismanagement elsewhere in the health service – such as staffing vacancies in social care and primary care.

 

David Stewart, Highlands and Islands Regional MSP and Shadow Minister for Health said:

 

“Patients and staff deserve better than this.

 

“I have been concerned about the pressures on the  NHS for some time and these figures expose the scale of the challenge NHS staff face in delivering patient care and how badly they have been let down by years of SNP mismanagement of our NHS.

 

“A&E is the front door of the hospital, and the pulse check of our NHS as a whole. Increasing numbers of people waiting too long at A&E reveals unacceptable pressure in other parts of our health service such as in social care and primary care.

 

“We already know that staff do not feel they are getting enough support and that the level of unfilled health posts is unsustainable.

 

“Ministers set the health service targets for staff to hit and then do not deliver the support and resources needed. It simply isn’t good enough.”

 

 

 

Waiting over 4 hours Waiting over 8 hours Waiting over 12 hours
Health Board Total % change from 2017 Total % change from 2017 Total % change from 2017
NHS Ayrshire & Arran 7718 9.9% 1938 48.4% 513 51.3%
NHS Borders 2424 31.5% 197 58.9% 57 67.6%
NHS Dumfries & Galloway 3736 6.8% 370 132.7% 28 133.3%
NHS Fife 3881 -9.9% 230 -36.1% 25 -49.0%
NHS Forth Valley 12701 88.3% 1627 162.8% 453 277.5%
NHS Grampian 7428 29.1% 287 47.2% 20 100.0%
NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde 42834 11.7% 3394 23.0% 303 20.2%
NHS Highland 3600 12.8% 194 29.3% 12 -33.3%
NHS Lanarkshire 18908 8.7% 1916 -11.0% 434 -18.4%
NHS Lothian 36799 144.7% 4332 99.3% 1060 136.1%
NHS Orkney 257 14.2% 3 -50.0% 0
NHS Shetland 278 16.3% 8 166.7% 0 -100.0%
NHS Tayside 2372 12.4% 39 -4.9% 3 200.0%
NHS Western Isles 102 96.2% 1 0
Scotland 143038 35.3% 14509 44.8% 2908 60.0%

 

 

 

Source: Labour analysis of data available from ISD here: https://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Emergency-Care/Publications/data-tables2017.asp?id=2329#2329