The crisis facing NHS Lothian is continuing and must be prioritised by the new Health Secretary, Kezia Dugdale said today.
New official statistics show:
- More than 1,000 operations have been cancelled in 2018 because hospitals in the Lothians couldn’t cope.
- NHS Lothian recorded the worst A&E waiting times performance of all health boards in May, with just 86.2 per cent of patients seen within four hours.
- More than a quarter of ‘bed days’ lost as a result of delayed discharge in Scotland were in the Lothians – with more than 11,500 in May.
Scottish Labour MSP for Edinburgh and the Lothians, Kezia Dugdale, said:
“The crisis facing NHS Lothian continues, and it must be prioritised by the new Health Secretary, Jeane Freeman.
“While there have been some welcome improvements in May, patients in Edinburgh and the Lothians are still waiting far too long in A&E and are being left in pain and discomfort because operations are cancelled. Thousands of bed days have also been lost as a result of delayed discharge, which the SNP promised to eradicate.
“This simply isn’t good enough. Dedicated staff are being overworked, understaffed and under-resourced as a result of decisions taken by the SNP government.
“As the NHS approaches its 70th birthday it is only Labour – the party that founded the health service – which has a sustainable plan for its future.”
Cancellation based on capacity or non-clinical reason by hospital
Patients seen within four hours (target 95%)
|NHS AYRSHIRE & ARRAN||92.0%||97.1%|
|NHS DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY||91.2%||93.9%|
|NHS FORTH VALLEY||85.8%||88.6%|
|NHS GREATER GLASGOW & CLYDE||88.1%||92.8%|
|NHS WESTERN ISLES||99.4%||98.8%|
|NHS SCOTLAND excluding NHS Lothian||91.5%||94.4%|
Bed Days Occupied by Delayed Discharges: May 2018
|NHS Board area of treatment||Number of bed days|
|Ayrshire & Arran||3,688|
|Dumfries & Galloway||823|
|Greater Glasgow & Clyde||5,795|
Former SNP Health Secretary Shona Robison vowed to eliminate delayed discharges from the health service in 2015