MSPs happy with NHS A&E target

The latest figures for accident and emergency waiting times in Scotland show that NHS Grampian hit ambitious Scottish Government targets of seeing 95% of people within four hours last year.

Scottish Government figures show that in October, November and December 2014 a total of 8,049 patients were treated at A&E in Grampian.

Aberdeenshire East MSP Alex Salmond and Aberdeenshire West MSP Dennis Robertson have praised staff at NHS Grampian for working to see patients quickly.

Salmond said:

“I am delighted that NHS Grampian met the ambitious target of seeing 95% of people at A&E within four hours last year.

“Of course, there is always room for improvement.

“I am pleased that the Scottish Government will continue to support staff through its £50million unscheduled care plan and £100million investment to tackle delayed discharges.

“With the new leadership team at NHS Grampian and an additional £15.2million of funding recently announced in January, the health board is in a strong position to make these figures even better.

“NHS Grampian staff have done an excellent job and I’d like to thank them for all their hard work in these challenging winter months.

Dennis Robertson said: “The number of people being seen on time at A&E departments across Scotland is very high.

“I am glad that the SNP is committed to ensuring that even more people are seen within the four hour target.

“Staff at NHS Grampian have worked very hard this winter and I am confident the new leadership coupled with additional investment from the Scottish Government will further help to improve the department’s performance.”