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    Forth Valley A&E wait times remain worst in Scotland as figure reaches record high

    Written by on October 13, 2021

    New figures show A&E waiting times in Scotland reached another record high this month.

    From the week beginning October 3rd, just 71.3% of patients were seen within the 4 hour target waiting time.

    In the Forth Valley, only 50.3% of people were seen in that time as the area continues to have the worst figures in Scotland.

    The health board says it’s doing all it can to reduce delays at this busy time.

    Commenting, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    “These numbers are terrifying for staff and patients alike.

    “The NHS has always been a safety net for anyone who needs it, but after years of poor workforce management, that net has huge holes in it. Undoubtedly, people will be slipping through.

    “The health service isn’t just struggling it is being crippled by government mismanagement. There simply aren’t enough nurses available to prop hospitals up. There are thousands of vacancies, and the Health Secretary proposes recruiting just 200 from overseas.

    “Those working through this are swamped, and have little reason to trust that this government will make things better. The SNP have been in charge of our health service for 14 years. This crisis is entirely of their making. There is nobody else to blame.

    “The Health Secretary needs to find a way to get more boots on the ground, and every single NHS staffer needs to be given a reason to stay. Things are going to get much worse before they get better.”