Boyack hits out over A&E waiting times

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Lothian MSP Sarah Boyack has said she is worried by new figures which show that almost 1000 patients waited at least eight hours before being dealt with by medics in the region’s A&E units.

According to the figures for 2011-12, a total of 976 patients waited for at least eight hours before being admitted, transferred or discharged at the ERI and St John’s Hospital. In the same year, a total of 114 patients at these units had to wait more than 12 hours to be seen.

Across Scotland’s health boards, NHS Lothian has been in the top two worst performers for eight-hour waits and in the top three worst performers for 12-hour waits in each of the last four years.

Ms Boyack said: “NHS Lothian’s consistent poor performance in this area is deeply concerning and yet another indicator of the pressures being felt by the board.”