Local MSP David Stewart, Labour, has criticised the rise in the number of people waiting longer than 4 hours to be seen by A&E in NHS Orkney where he said that 257 people in Orkney were not seen within the 4 hour waiting period -an increase of 14.2%.
David Stewart, labour’s Shadow Minister for Health said:
“Patients and staff in NHS Orkney 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.”
Here are the 2018 Annual statistics for A&E waiting times for
- Total number of people seen in A&E was 6,537.
- 257 were not seen within the 4 hours waiting time
- 3 people were not seen within 8 hours
- 6,280 people were seen within 4 hours = 96.6%
This is outstanding work by Orkney NHS A&E
Monthly Statistics for A & E Waiting Times NHS Orkney 2018