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.”

NOTES 

Cancelled operations

NHS Lothian

Cancellation based on capacity or non-clinical reason by hospital

January: 370

February: 106

March: 417

April: 118

May: 67

Total: 1,078

 

Source: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Waiting-Times/Publications/data-tables2017.asp?id=2197#2197

 

A&E

Patients seen within four hours (target 95%)

 

2018 /19 Apr-18 May-18
NHS AYRSHIRE & ARRAN 92.0% 97.1%
NHS BORDERS 86.9% 93.2%
NHS DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY 91.2% 93.9%
NHS FIFE 96.5% 97.1%
NHS FORTH VALLEY 85.8% 88.6%
NHS GRAMPIAN 94.5% 95.5%
NHS GREATER GLASGOW & CLYDE 88.1% 92.8%
NHS HIGHLAND 96.7% 97.0%
NHS LANARKSHIRE 89.9% 93.0%
NHS LOTHIAN 82.4% 86.2%
NHS ORKNEY 95.5% 96.6%
NHS SHETLAND 95.5% 96.5%
NHS TAYSIDE 98.7% 97.7%
NHS WESTERN ISLES 99.4% 98.8%
NHS SCOTLAND 90.0% 93.1%
NHS SCOTLAND excluding NHS Lothian 91.5% 94.4%

 

Source: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Emergency-Care/Publications/data-tables2017.asp?id=2198#2198

 

Delayed Discharge

Bed Days Occupied by Delayed Discharges: May 2018

 

NHS Board area of treatment     Number of bed days
Scotland 43,244
Ayrshire & Arran 3,688
Borders 1,362
Dumfries & Galloway 823
Fife 2,408
Forth Valley 2,391
Grampian 3,623
Greater Glasgow & Clyde 5,795
Highland 3,668
Lanarkshire 4,720
Lothian 11,547
Orkney 4
Shetland 116
Tayside 2,481
Western Isles 618

 

Source: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Health-and-Social-Community-Care/Publications/data-tables2017.asp?id=2196#2196

Former SNP Health Secretary Shona Robison vowed to eliminate delayed discharges from the health service in 2015

 

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