NHS Lothian revealed to have some of the longest A&E waiting times in Scotland – Edinburgh Live

NHS Lothian has been shown to have one of the worst A&E waiting times in the country, according to new research.

The health board was ranked as having the third longest wait to be seen in hospital, alongside NHS Borders and NHS Ayrshire and Arran.

The new data comes despite the fact that accident and Emergency (A&E) attendances have plummeted to the second-lowest level recorded.

A total of 80,423 patients visited a Scottish A&E department in February, 47,918 fewer than the same month last year – before coronavirus was discovered in Scotland.

However, despite the low attendance rates, thousands of people still had to wait longer than four hours to be seen, with NHS Lothian only managing to see 81.8 per cent of patients within this time.

The only areas where this rate was worse was in NHS Borders, where only 74.7 per cent of patients were seen, and in NHS Ayrshire and Arran, where 81.1 per cent were seen.

Meanwhile, 98.2 per cent of patients were seen within four hours in Shetland, followed by Tayside and the Western Isles (both 96. per cent.

Asked about the latest figures at the Scottish Government’s coronavirus briefing, the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said: “Our increasing focus now is on remobilising and recovering the NHS to start to bring down the waiting times and the backlogs that have been created by Covid.”

Anger as NHS staff hit with parking fines at Scots hospital due to ‘shambolic’ facilities – Daily Record

Dedicated NHS staff working tirelessly throughout the pandemic are being hit with parking fines at the Royal Alexandra Hospital.

Union bosses have hit out at the “shambolic” parking facilities at the Paisley hospital, which is forcing staff to park in disabled bays, unauthorised spaces and double yellow lines.

They are renewing calls for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to add more spaces for staff, patients and visitors following claims the situation is out of control.

Sam Mullin, GMB Scotland NHS Representative, said: “Staff at the Royal Alexandra Hospital are working under the cosh and are being forced to park where they shouldn’t.

“At the car park in the hospital, there is constantly yellow envelopes all over the ground as people are being ticketed constantly.

“But where are they supposed to park?

“Something needs to be done to address this as more and more services are being transferred to the RAH which is a good thing.

“But the hospital has outgrown the car park and the only thing that is going to solve it is providing more spaces.

“For a few months last year, the health board relaxed the parking restrictions but now as services are resuming again we are right back where they started.”

Mr Mullin also believes parking meters on nearby streets are “making a bad situation worse”.

Pay and display, combined with a residents’ parking scheme was introduced by Renfrewshire Council in January last year following a number of issues with residents having difficulty accessing their driveways.

Nearly four in five teachers say mental health issues among children have risen – Glasgow Evening Times

Nearly four in five teachers have seen mental health issues among pupils increase over the past year, a survey suggests.

More than three in five (62%) believe the Government has placed low priority on the good mental health of young people in educational settings, according to a poll from the National Education Union (NEU).

The UK’s largest teaching union is calling on ministers to recognise that the wellbeing of young people is “just as vital” as their academic learning.

The survey, of mainly teachers, school leaders and some support staff, suggests that two in three believe pressure to prioritise “catch up” of learning has presented a barrier to supporting pupils’ mental health.

More than half said a lack of access to external support services (56%) and sufficient staff providing pastoral care (54%) are also barriers.

The findings were released on the final day of the NEU’s annual conference.

The survey, of nearly 10,700 NEU members, suggests that 78% have seen the number of students with mental health issues rise over the last year, with 34% saying the number had “increased greatly”.

It found that only 7% believe the Government has placed high priority on ensuring that pupil mental health is good in schools and colleges.