SCOTTISH Labour blasted SNP health secretary Humza Yousaf today, saying his inaction is risking lives.

Figures from Publish Health Scotland, published today, showed that, during week ending July 17 2022 only 67.9 per cent of attendances at A&E services were seen and resulted in a subsequent admission, transfer or discharge within four hours. 

Shockingly, some 2,413 patients spent more than eight hours in an A&E department with 901 patients spending more than 12 hours. 

NHS Fife has recorded the worst-ever figure, with only 54.2 per cent meeting the four-hour target.  

Scottish Labour health spokeswoman Jackie Baillie said: “The crisis in our NHS A&E departments is stubbornly persisting thanks to the inaction of Humza Yousaf. 

“Lives are being lost now, but the Health Secretary is missing in action and the SNP government is distracted by constitutional sabre-rattling. 

“Overworked and undervalued NHS staff are working to exhaustion but they are being failed by a government that is simply not interested in supporting them in their vital work. 

“It’s time the Health Secretary got back to work and did his job by ending this deadly crisis.” 

The Scottish government has been invited to comment.

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