MINISTERS are being urged to address the “crisis” in Scotland’s accident and emergency departments as new figures showed that three out of 10 patients waited longer than the four-hour target time in the first full week of June.

Of the 27,034 patients who attended A&E in the week ending June 12, a total of 69.2% were seen and either admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours.

The Scottish Government has set the target of having 95% of all patients dealt with within four hours.

However, the latest weekly figures showed there were 8335 patients who were there for longer than that.

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This included 2235 who were there for eight hours or more, with 761 spending 12 hours or more in A&E.

The figures, published by Public Health Scotland, showed just two health boards met the 95% target – with NHS Western Isles and NHS Shetland dealing with 99.1% and 95.8% of patients within four hours respectively.

In NHS Forth Valley, which has just one hospital with A&E facilities, just under half (49.7%) of patients were either admitted, transferred or discharged within the target time.

Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, meanwhile, dealt with 47.5% of patients within the four-hour limit, while at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary 48.5% of patients were treated within the target time.

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Scottish Labour health spokesperson Jackie Baillie said: “These dire figures represent thousands of people left in pain for hours on end and hundreds of lives put at risk.”