Kezia Dugdale has demanded urgent action after NHS Lothian recorded the worst A&E waiting times since at least 2011.
New figures from the NHS show that just 76.1 per cent of patients were seen within the target four hours in December – the lowest monthly figure recorded by any board in the country for more than six years.
At Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, performance dipped to 52.7 per cent in one week in December, and the ERI recorded the worst figures for any hospital in the country in the week to January 28.
Ms Dugdale said the figures show a failure of the SNP government to properly support the health service.
Kezia Dugdale said:
“There is a waiting times crisis in NHS Lothian that needs to be urgently tackled.
“The performance over the festive period was the worst since at least 2011, and the ERI is still struggling more than any other hospital in the country.
“The pressure on NHS Lothian is simply unsustainable. SNP ministers need to address the growing gaps in the health service workforce to deliver better support for dedicated staff and faster care for patients.
“That’s why Labour has set up a workforce commission to tackle the staffing crisis in our NHS. The health service needs more than sticking plaster solutions; it needs a plan for long term change.”
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