20,000 waited over 4 hours at new Southern hospital

20,000 waited over 4 hours at new Southern hospital

New research from the Scottish Liberal Democrats has revealed that almost 20,000 patients waited over 4 hours for emergency treatment at the flagship Queen Elizabeth University Hospital since it opened its doors in May 2015. The £842 million hospital, formerly the Southern General Hospital, serves patients across the south of Glasgow and surrounding areas, including Rutherglen and Cambuslang.

The analysis shows that –

  • 19,577 out of 159,123 patients attending A&E have waited more than 4 hours (an average performance rate of just 87.7% against the 95% target)
  • It has only hit the target during two weeks out of 92 (in the weeks ending 6 December 2015 and 3 July 2016)
  • The worst week (ending 8 Jan 2017) saw 465 patients wait more than 4 hours (25.2% of attendances)
  • The trend in performance is downwards.

Rutherglen Liberal Democrat Councillor Robert Brown criticized health bosses and Scottish government Ministers for the failings of the hospital.

Robert Brown said:

“This analysis confirms that, for almost 2 years, SNP Ministers and Health Board chiefs have been totally unable to get a grip on the situation. Their predictions that all would be well after initial teething troubles have been falsified. Constant assurances that they would achieve targets have fallen in the Clyde.

Despite years of planning, there is a strong sense that key departments have insufficient capacity and that bed numbers were chopped too much. Far from hitting targets, the performance is getting worse as the graph clearly shows.

Things can’t continue like this. Patients and families need to know what has gone wrong and what is being done about it.

A & E staff work hard in a very stressful environment – but the Scottish government and NHS bosses have to make sure they have the resources, support and systems to do their job.

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