NHS Lothian in new A&E waiting times scandal

Reporting guidelines have been breached at the following hospitals in the capital:

•   Royal Infirmary
•   the Royal Hospital for Sick Children
•   Western General’s Acute Receiving and Assessment Unit (ARAU).

This is according to NHS Lothian after a comprehensive internal review.

This follows another whistleblowing report at St John’s Hospital in Livingston. Staff at that hospital were found to have set up their own recording system. This meant that patients waiting longer than four hours in A&E were not being properly recorded.

NHS officials are said to have started a round of comprehensive training and have stated that they will remodel its reporting practices.

Conservative health spokesman Miles Briggs said:

The initial concern was focused on the A&E unit at St John’s but this report indicates under-reporting has taken place across local A&E facilities which means this is an even bigger issue than previously thought.

“Lothian patients deserve to have complete faith in the accuracy of A&E data and NHS Lothian must ensure this internal report’s recommendations are implemented in full and without delay.

In addition, NHS Lothian must be ready to adopt the recommendations of the external review into these matters.


Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Health & Sport, said she remained “very concerned” but that it was important to await the outcome of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges review to fully understand the situation.
SNP MSP Mark McDonald quits SNP in Sleaze Investigation
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Aberdeen Donside MSP Mark McDonald has quit the Scottish National Party (SNP).

His resignations follows allegations of misconduct against at least two women.

McDonald resigned from the SNP with immediate effect - but will remain as an Independent MSP.