New statistics from the NHS’ Information Services Division (ISD) show that NHS Dumfries and Galloway has failed to meet their Accident and Emergency waiting time targets for a full year.

The waiting time target set by the Scottish Government is that 95% of patients attending A&E should be seen and subsequently discharged, transferred or admitted within 4 hours.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway have not met this 95% target since November 2018. The most recent figures show that in November of this year almost more than 1 in 10 patients waited longer than 4 hours, with only 88.4% of patients being seen on time.

In the last 3 years NHS Dumfries and Galloway have only met this 95% target a total of 3 times.

South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth said:

“Yet again we see the impact the SNP government’s mismanagement of our NHS is having on patient care in Dumfries and Galloway. Accident and Emergency provides a vital role in our healthcare system and it is unacceptable that so many patients are being forced to wait hours to be seen. The level of pressure on services and staff in the region is simply not sustainable, and it is time for the SNP government to wake up to the crisis facing so many parts of our NHS and make sure staff have the resources to deliver the care patients need.”

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