Humza Yousaf must be sacked for ‘dangerous negligence’, Scottish Labour MSP Pam Duncan-Glancy MSP has said, as NHS data reveals that the number of patients waiting over 12 hours to be seen in Greater Glasgow and Clyde Accident and Emergency’s has soared.
Statistics show that in the week ending 1st January a shocking 2,506 people in Glasgow spent more than 12 hours in A&E waiting to be seen, the highest figure shown on records dating back to February 2015.
Despite an SNP government commitment to see 95% of patients within four hours, almost half of all attendees at Glasgow A+E departments had wait times exceeding the target time.
This figure has spiralled in recent years, with the number of people waiting more than 12 hours now around 119 times higher than the same period in 2018/19 when just 21 patients were recorded exceeding that time.
With A&E services in disarray and the situation only worsening throughout the winter, Scottish Labour is warning that lives will be lost due to the SNP-created A&E crisis.
Commenting, Scottish Labour MSP Pam Duncan-Glancy said: “The facts are plain for all to see – NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde A&E services have been plunged into a deadly freefall.
“It begs belief that the Health Secretary is still in a job.
“People are being forced to wait, often anxious and in pain, for more than 12 hours. It is shocking.
“Staff are working hard, but despite their best efforts the figures are only getting worse.
“We need urgent government intervention to stop this chaos and protect services so that my constituents can once again have confidence in our NHS.
“The SNP’s incompetence and mismanagement of the NHS is putting the health service, and people’s lives at risk – it's time that someone with a real plan was brought in to tackle this crisis and take charge.
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