Forth Valley scores worst A&E Waiting Times in Scotland
Waiting time figures released for A&E departments throughout Scotland highlight that they continue to miss Scottish Government targets, with Forth Valley consistently obtaining some of the longest waiting times of all the health boards in Scotland.
The Scottish Government’s waiting time target, up until April 2013, is that 98% of patients will wait less than 4 hours from arrival to admission, discharge or transfer for treatment. From April 2013 this has been lowered to 95% of patients waiting for four hours, but the recent figures make it appear unlikely this new lowered target will be reached.
For March 2013 Forth Valley had the lowest percentage of patients meeting the four hour target than any other health board.
Dr Simpson MSP, shadow Public Health Minister and a former GP said:
“These figures are once again disappointing but the four hour waiting time target has not been met since 2009.
“I know how hard our staff are working in our Accident and Emergency departments. It is not a coincidence that Forth Valley and Lothian, Boards with the poorest records, are the areas which are recognised nationally as underfunded. The SNP government should be making up at least some of this funding shortfall now.”
Emergency Department Activity – SNP still haven’t met their A&E target across Scotland since 2009 and by this performance they would fail to meet their new target.
These statistics cover the period before the downgrading of the target from 98% of people to wait no longer than 4hours to 95%. Again another failure to meet the target:
· During the quarter ending 31 March 2013, the proportion of new and unplanned attendances at all A&E services across Scotland that were seen and discharged within 4 hours was: 89.7% January (lowest ever), 91.9% February and 91.9% March.
· With this performance they would even be breaching their new 95% target.
· In March 2013 four NHS Boards achieved the waiting time standard of 98% of patients admitted, transferred or discharged from A&E within 4 hours.
· The last time compliance was met across Scotland was September 2009.
4 Hour Compliance Dec-12 Jan-13 Feb-13 Mar-13
Ayrshire & Arran 87.8% 85.2% 88.1% 89.6%
Borders 94.9% 95.5% 96.9% 97.0%
Dumfries & Galloway 95.3% 93.2% 94.5% 94.0%
Fife 91.1% 92.7% 92.3% 96.9%
Forth Valley 85.8% 87.3% 91.2% 87.6%
Grampian 94.5% 94.9% 96.0% 95.2%
GRtr Glsgw & Clyde 90.4% 87.8% 89.1% 89.6%
Highland 97.8% 97.3% 97.5% 97.5%
Lanarkshire 84.4% 83.5% 90.7% 91.8%
Lothian 86.2% 88.2% 91.1% 88.1%
Orkney 98.6% 97.9% 97.0% 98.6%
Shetland 98.8% 98.7% 99.6% 99.5%
Tayside 98.4% 99.0% 98.5% 98.7%
Western Isles 98.3% 97.8% 98.7% 98.9%
SCOTLAND 90.3% 89.7% 91.9% 91.9%
The target was:
· 98 per cent of patients will wait less than 4 hours from arrival to admission, discharge or transfer for accident and emergency treatment. It was introduced in December 2007.
But from April 2013 it will be:
· 95% of patients will wait less than 4 hours from arrival to admission, discharge or transfer for accident and emergency treatment by year ending September 2014.