This week figures from the NHS’s internal accounting division highlight a rise in waiting times for patients attending accident and emergency units at in NHS Borders.
Figures from the Information Services Division show that in NHS Borders, only 85.2% of patients will be seen within four hours of arriving. This is nearly 10% lower than the Scottish Government’s target which seeks to have 95% of patients admitted, transferred or discharged within this timeframe.
Figures from exactly one year ago illustrate a rise in the number of people who waiting longer than the Scottish Government’s target. In July 2017, NHS Borders had met its target with 95.8% of patients being seen by a doctor within four hours.
Across Scotland there is a similar trend. Across the country 95.4% of patients were treated within the timeframe, however, this has now dropped to 91.4%- with over 2200 people waiting longer than the SNP’s target.
These figures demonstrate an alarming trend. The fact that the number of people being seen within the Scottish Government’s targets has fallen by 10% in the Borders and 4% across Scotland further highlights the strain on our NHS, and the hardworking doctors, nurses and support staff within our health service.
These figures have surely been fuelled by our lack of GPs. The SNP Ministers ought to recognise how the GP crisis has manifested across NHS Borders.
I hope that Jeane Freeman will treat this as a priority. Almost 100 people across the Scottish Borders have had to wait longer than four hours at our accident and emergency centres; that’s up from 24 people last year.
I shall be writing to the Cabinet Secretary for Health to ask her what action she will take. The figures for NHS Borders show the second worst decline in Scotland compared to last year and it is clear that something has to be done about this.