Pam Duncan-Glancy MSP has said the SNP Health Secretary Michael Matheson should either get a grip of the health service, or resign if he can’t, amid ongoing performance failures within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
Recent Public Health Scotland Performance data shows that over 40% of NHS patients visiting A+E in the city have had to wait more than four hours to be seen throughout January.
The first week of the year saw just 52.8% of people being seen within that time, the lowest percentage since January 2023.
Despite slight improvements in the second week, the figure dropped again towards the end of the month.
Throughout January more than 1600 patients had to wait more than 12 hours.
Commenting, Pam Duncan-Glancy MSP said:
“People across Glasgow are having their lives put in danger because the SNP Government are failing to get a grip of the crisis in our NHS, and to support it’s hardworking staff.
“My constituents deserve to have confidence that they can attend A+E and get the treatment they need, when they need it.
“It is clear that there is no sign of improvement in wait times. Instead, the 4-hour standard has long been thrown out the window, and now people fear having to wait more than half a day just to be seen.”
“On this Government’s watch, the NHS has moved from crisis to crisis. It’s high time the Health Secretary got on with the day job, fixed the crisis, or go if he can’t. The SNP must finally address it’s catastrophic failures across our health service are letting patients, and staff down.”