Central Scotland MSP Monica Lennon has slammed the latest NHS Scotland accident and emergency figures which show that less than half of those attending the departments in Lanarkshire were seen within the Scottish Government’s four-hour target.
The figures – released by Public Health Scotland for the week ending July 10  – show that 3,703 people attended A&E across the county’s hospitals, with just 49.5% being seen within the target time.
Monklands Hospital recorded the worst figure in the health board area with 46.5% of patients being taken within four hours, followed by Hairmyres with 49.4% and Wishaw General sitting at 52.4%.
Across Scotland as a whole, 24,603 people visited A&E over the course of the week and 66.8% were seen within four hours.
Monica, Scottish Labour and Co-operative representative, said: “These dreadful A&E waiting times in Lanarkshire are further proof that our hospitals are struggling to cope.
“For too long, healthcare staff across NHS Lanarkshire have been forced to work in unsafe and unsustainable conditions.
“The latest A&E waiting times worryingly confirm that the SNP government has allowed perpetual crisis to become the new normal in our health service.
“Across Scotland the NHS is running hot, however, Lanarkshire residents and healthcare staff are being hit the hardest. This is completely unacceptable.
“SNP ministers must focus on prioritising the NHS and social care services that our communities need.”
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