Improved A&E performance this winter.

GeorgeThe number of people experiencing long waits for A&E treatment has dramatically reduced since last winter, according to new statistics.

Figures released today show that the number of people attending A&E who were seen and treated within four hours was 93.5 per cent for December 2013, which has increased from 90.3 per cent in December 2012.

Paisley’s MSP George Adam said:

‘This is good news with improved waiting times over the busy period during winter.  We all know that our NHS is put under added strain with winter illnesses and slips and knocks during the cold period.  We must never be complacent though, we must always strive to improve how patients are dealt with in our health service.  Statistics are a way of understanding how an organisation is working and it must be remembered that these statistics relate to people and their individual experience.  When we or our loved ones are experiencing for themselves the care of the NHS then statistics seldom come in to it.

‘£50 million of additional funding has been provided to NHS boards in the form of the emergency care plan in order to target additional requirements needed during winter.  No doubt this has helped to reduce waiting times at accident and emergency departments this year.

‘We know how hard our NHS staff work and under additional stress during winter we should appreciate all their efforts.’