NEWS FROM KEZIA DUGDALE MSP

EMBARGO: IMMEDIATE

DUGDALE PRAISES ERI STAFF FOR A&E TURNAROUND

There has been a dramatic turnaround in waiting time performance at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, new figures have revealed.
While national targets are still not being met, 91 per cent of patients were seen within four hours last week.
Performance has improved considerably over the past three weeks, having consistently languished at bottom of the national league table throughout 2018. Earlier this year, performance dipped below 60 per cent, against a national target of 95 per cent.
Lothian MSP Kezia Dugdale has repeatedly called on the SNP Government to make NHS Lothian a priority, and a taskforce was recently sent in to improve performance.

Kezia Dugdale, Labour MSP for Edinburgh and the Lothians, said:
“The latest A&E figures show there has been a turnaround at the ERI in recent weeks, which is fantastic news for patients.
“This is down the hard work and dedication of staff at the hospital, who have gone above and beyond at a time when they are under enormous pressure.
“The challenge now is to keep improving and hit the national target. But with winter around the corner, the government must properly plan for the cold weather.
“NHS Lothian still requires a major cash investment and there are major problems in other parts of the local health service which must be addressed.

ENDS

NOTES TO EDITORS

During week ending 04 November 2018:

There were 26,196 attendances at A&E services in NHS Scotland.

90.7% of attendances at A&E services across Scotland were seen and resulted in a subsequent admission, transfer or discharge within 4 hours.

91.0% of attendances at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh A&E were seen and resulted in a subsequent admission, transfer or discharge within 4 hours.

A&E waiting time figures are available from ISD: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Emergency-Care/Publications/data-tables2017.asp?id=2288#2288

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