What is happening at your hospital — NHS winter crisis

What is happening at your hospital — NHS winter crisis

We have heard apologies from the First Minister.

The consultants spell out a series of problems which are now impacting the NHS, including: thousands of patients waiting in ambulances for hours; more than 120 patients a day managed in corridors, with some dying prematurely; an average wait of 10 to 12 hours for a bed; and more than 50 patients at a time waiting for beds in emergency departments.

It comes as official figures released show the NHS ended the year with the same A&E waiting time performance level in December - 85.1% - as at the start of the year, equalling January's record low and the worst result since the target was introduced in 2004.

A hospital spokesman said: "We would like to extend our honest apologies to Esme Thomas and her family, and to all our patients who have had to spend much longer in A&E than normal waiting for a hospital bed".

Hospitals are reportedly overcrowded, struggling to cope and running out of beds.

The Scottish Conservatives called for a moratorium to be introduced to halt the decline in hospital beds.

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"I said earlier this week and the Health Secretary said in the chamber that we apologise unreservedly to any patient who has waited longer than they should for hospital treatment or who does not get the standard of treatment that they have a right to expect, not just in winter but at any time of the year, and I do that again unequivocally today".

The First Minister said: "N evertheless, Scotland's NHS remains the best-performing NHS anywhere in the United Kingdom".

Ms Davidson added: "As it stands, the SNP has cut bed numbers, and cut social care places".

An NHS England spokesman said there had been a "marked increase" in norovirus in recent weeks and the number of cases are now above the five-year average for this week.

They included 18-year-old midwifery student Bethany Walker, from Applecross in Wester Ross, who died in hospital last week after her flu virus developed into pneumonia.

Health Secretary Shona Robison thanked both staff and patients across Scotland for their hard work and patience.

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He said: "His son called 999 seven times only to be told that an ambulance was coming, not from the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary just 14 minutes away, but from Kelso".

"Patient care is acutely suffering because of this Government's chronic underfunding of our NHS, which has left 92,000 patients languishing in the back of ambulances and staff vacancies of over 100,000".

"Mr Wilson then spent 13 hours on a trolley in a corridor in A&E before being admitted to a general ward".

He added: "That is an 80 year old man with underlying health conditions waiting more than 16 hours for treatment".

Last week's number of cases is four times higher than the figure recorded in the first week of a year ago when 24.6 people in every 100,000 had the virus.

Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard said Sturgeon had been "found out" on her stewardship of the NHS.

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