CONCERNS have been raised over waiting times at Paisley’s main hospital as a growing number of accident and emergency patients suffer delays.

Latest figures show that just 81 per cent of A&E patients at the Royal Alexandra Hospital were seen within four hours – well below the 95 per cent target set by the Scottish Government.

And the RAH figure is also significantly below the Scottish average, which stands at 87 per cent.

Miles Briggs, Scottish Conservative shadow health secretary, said the Scottish Government must invest more cash in primary care to boost A&E performances.

He added: “The sad reality is that emergency departments cannot cope with an increase in patients.”

However, Health Secretary Shona Robison said NHS chiefs are “working hard” to improve performance.

She added: “Cold weather and particularly black ice is affecting the performance of our A&E departments and, while we expect waiting times to fluctuate from week to week in winter, there is no doubt that slips and trips and flu-like illnesses have significantly increased the pressures on our hospitals recently.”