Month: February 2017

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.

UK Public opinion on Europe will change

UK Public opinion on Europe will change – just like the Iraq War

There is a long way yet to go in the debate over Britain’s future in the European Union, according to Rutherglen Liberal Democrat Councillor Robert Brown. Robert Brown said it was “highly likely” that public opinion on Europe would change dramatically, just as it did on the Iraq War.

Robert Brown said:

“There is a strong case for giving the public a say on the terms of Brexit when the Prime Minister has concluded her negotiations. It is the right and democratic thing to do. When the EU referendum was held, there was no plan, no White Paper, no negotiating brief. People had contradictory ideas as to what they wanted.

My personal view is that the case for Brexit will unravel during the negotiations under the weight of the many challenges. There could be a total change round of opinion, just as there was over the Iraq War.

In April 2003, a big majority thought that the Iraq War was justified. A YouGov poll at that time showed support for the Iraq War stood at 66%. The Liberal Democrats and Charles Kennedy got howled at in Parliament and by the media for opposing the war.  But opinions changed. By September 2004 support had fallen to 38%. Now you would be hard pressed to find anyone who thought it had been a good thing.

If the Brexit deal damages jobs, the economy, the environment and our security – when we see the real consequences of Brexit – it will be time to ask a new question and have a public vote on the outcome.

Liberal Democrats will continue to make the case for Europe, the only Party doing so without hidden agendas.”