Over 36,000 people waited too long at Lothian A&E departments in 2018, new figures released today reveal.

Data published by ISD Scotland reveals that 36,799 people waited more than 4 hours at Accident and Emergency last year, with 4332 waiting over 8 hours and 1060 waiting over 12 hours.

These figures represent a 144.7% increase on 2017.

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.

Neil Findlay MSP said:

“These figures show just how much pressure the NHS is under in Lothian – patients and staff deserve far better than this.

“A&E departments are faced with very sick and injured people on a daily basis. It is imperative that they are staffed and resourced properly to deal with these challenges – it is a question of life and death.

“The SNP has mismanaged our NHS and patients and staff have had enough.

“Our health service desperately needs investment to ensure that patients are seen and treated within a reasonable period of time.

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