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The First Minister was savaged by frontline doctor and Scottish Conservative MSP Sandesh Gulhane on Tuesday as he erupted as Scotland set a new record for the worst A&E waiting times for the fifth time in six weeks.
The furious doctor pleaded with Ms Sturgeon as he highlighted how “shocking” A&E and ambulance waiting times “are risking lives”.
He slammed: “The number of patients waiting more than half a day to be seen has almost doubled since last week – that is unbelievable!”
Dr Gulhane went on to reveal how astonishingly half of patients at Scotlands flagship hospital, the Queen Elizabeth in Glasgow, are waiting more than the target time of four hours.
He noted how “behind everyone of these appalling stats are patients and their families who are suffering.”
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The doctor then dealt a scathing blow to the First Minister slamming how she “does not think this is a crisis” before adding how Ms Sturgeon “won’t admit the reality” of the situation unfolding.
Dr Gulhane then called on Ms Sturgeon to “wake up” adding how Scotland’s NHS is at “breaking point”.
He demanded: “Speak to the brave staff on the frontline and try and tell us this isn’t a crisis.”
The MSP for Glasgow Pollock also drew attention to a statement from the Royal College of Emergency Medicine which said on Monday how Scotland’s health service is short of 1,000 acute care beds.
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He went on to reveal how the College had previously offered solutions to increase capacity “but the government has delayed instead of acting”.
He said: “Warnings have gone ignored, not just for weeks, but for years. This cannot just be blamed on Covid.”
Dr Gulhane continued adding how the SNP’s latest £1 billion NHS recovery plan is “not cutting it” as he slammed how since the plan was published “things have got worse”.
The ferocious comments come as just 71.5 percent of people visiting A&E in the week to September 12 were seen within four hours, a drop from the previous weeks figure of 74.6 percent, according to NHS Scotland figures.
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1,895 people out of the 27,354 (6.9 percent) who went to emergency departments in Scotland in the week of September 12 waited more than eight hours to be seen. 551 (two per cent) waited more than 12 hours.
The Scottish Government has a target of 95 percent of patients to be seen within four hours.
It comes as the Scottish Government has asked the Army to step in to support ambulances which face long patient drop off’s at over stretched A&E departments across Scotland.
A spokesperson for the Scottish Government told The Scotsman: “Our NHS staff have faced unprecedented pressures over recent weeks as they work tirelessly and consistently to respond to the pandemic whilst continuing to provide vital treatment and optimal patient care.
“We are in daily contact with every board and are monitoring the situation closely.”
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