Mon. Oct 3rd, 2022

FMQs: Ross slams Sturgeon for not answering

Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Health Secretary Humza Yousaf have each been ordered to “do their job” and minimize NHS ready lists after figures revealed one Scot waited a surprising 84 hours in A&E. Scotland’s emergency departments reported their worst ready occasions on file, with simply 63.5 p.c of sufferers seen and subsequently admitted or discharged inside 4 months, figures revealed this week point out.

Speaking at Holyrood, Scottish Tory chief Douglas Ross confronted First Minister Ms Sturgeon with statistics supplied to his social gathering by freedom of data laws, which confirmed one affected person at University Hospital Crosshouse in Ayrshire waited 84 hours and 10 minutes for remedy in January of this yr.

The wait is 21 occasions longer than the four-hour goal set by the Scottish Government for 95 p.c of sufferers to be seen.

Mr Ross, throughout First Minister’s Questions at the moment, stated: “That’s three-and-a-half days. The equal of turning up for emergency remedy proper now, and never being seen till subsequent week, within the early hours of Monday morning.

“First Minister, is that actually what anybody in Scotland ought to undergo in 2022?”

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Nicola Sturgeon and Labour chief Anas Sarwar (Image: GETTY)

Douglas Ross

Douglas Ross, the Scottish Conservative chief, questions Ms Sturgeon (Image: GETTY)

Ms Sturgeon replied: “No, and that’s clearly an unacceptable state of affairs, but additionally an distinctive state of affairs, and I’m definitely greater than keen to look into the actual circumstances round that.”

The request from the Tories solely coated NHS Ayrshire and Arran and NHS Borders, however included various different extraordinarily lengthy waits endured by sufferers.

The longest wait each month in Ayrshire and Arran has persistently been above 50 hours since October final yr, with one particular person ready 79 hours and 35 minutes at Crosshouse.

While the longest wait within the Borders previously yr was 64 hours – the equal of greater than two and half days – in July.

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Anas Sarwar

Anas Sarwar advised Ms Sturgeon to “do your job” (Image: GETTY)

Scottish Labour chief Anas Sarwar stated virtually 750,000 folks had been presently on NHS ready lists in Scotland, whereas greater than 38,000 folks had waited longer than 12 hours because the NHS restoration plan was revealed final yr.

He stated: “Frankly, individuals are sick of the identical outdated excuses and this SNP Government all the time in search of another person or one thing else guilty.

“Across Scotland individuals are getting the identical insufficient reply from this Government: Wait.

“Wait in concern for a most cancers analysis, wait in ache for a hip substitute, await others in an ambulance exterior A&E, wait anxiously for his or her youngster to get psychological well being remedy and at the moment we uncover that life expectancy has dropped once more, for a second yr working, all below Nicola Sturgeon’s watch.

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Nicola Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon talking at First Minister’s Question Time (Image: GETTY)

Humza Yousaf

Humza Yousaf at at Victoria Manor Care residence earlier this month (Image: GETTY)

“After 15 years in energy, after 15 years of working our NHS, how lengthy will the folks of Scotland have to attend for you and your Health Secretary to do your job?”

In response, the First Minister stated: “We will proceed to do our jobs and, in the end, as all the time it has been, it’s for the folks of Scotland to resolve whether or not they need us to proceed to do our jobs.

“A two-year pandemic for Scotland, for each nation, has introduced actual and really important challenges and day by day we search to handle these challenges and help these on the entrance line who’re doing that.”

The First Minister insisted the Scottish Government will proceed to take motion “with one hand tied behind our again” to sort out poverty.

Nicola Sturgeon factfile

Nicola Sturgeon factfile (Image: Express)

She defined: “While I take full accountability for efficiency throughout all of this stuff in Scotland, I come again to the fact in Scotland by way of the National Health Service that regardless of the challenges we face, due to the dedication of these working in our National Health Service, it’s performing higher than its counterpart in England the place the Conservatives are in energy and higher than its counterpart in Wales, the place Labour are presently in Government.

“We’ll proceed to handle these challenges, we’ll proceed to take the steps needed to take action and we’ll proceed to ask the Scottish folks to place their belief in us to do precisely that.”

Dr Crawford McGuffie, medical director at NHS Ayrshire & Arran, stated: “NHS Ayrshire & Arran is dedicated to offering protected and efficient well being care and remedy for our inhabitants in as well timed a method as potential.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic and all through 2021/22 we’ve skilled very excessive stress throughout all our well being and care providers.

Mark Drakeford

Nicola Sturgeon referenced Mark Drakeford’s Wales in her reply (Image: GETTY)

“At occasions, we skilled a excessive demand for our unscheduled care providers and our employees labored exhausting to evaluate and deal with sufferers as shortly as potential. Each affected person attending our Emergency Departments (EDs) is triaged on arrival and medical groups prioritise our sufferers based mostly on medical want.

“We are conscious that, sadly, typically sufferers have waited considerably longer than we would want and we unreservedly apologise for that.”

Dr McGuffie added: “Our medical groups repeatedly evaluate and handle danger and assess for hurt related to extended waits. The sufferers who’re delayed inside the system have been assessed and have processes for evaluate that mitigate the chance of those delays.

“Wherever potential, further employees are deployed to help these sufferers and our employees. This will not be the care we purpose to supply and our every day deal with discharges helps the stream of sufferers from our emergency departments.

“I wish to thank sufferers for his or her assist and understanding as we proceed to work below extraordinarily tough circumstances. If all of us work collectively we are able to be certain that our Emergency Departments are there to take care of those that want them most.”

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