Lothian NHS Board (Discussions)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 30th May 2013.

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Photo of Sarah Boyack Sarah Boyack Labour

Is the cabinet secretary concerned about the serious capacity issues at the Royal infirmary of Edinburgh, where in March one in five patients waited for more than four hours in the accident and emergency unit? Given that the ERI could, due to staff shortages, soon be taking in extra patients from St John’s hospital, what assurance can the cabinet secretary give that the staff, who are working flat out, will be given the resources that they urgently need in order to serve patients to the best of their ability?