I have been covering health for The Herald for eight years. My remit includes everything from care of the elderly to medical research and the successes and failures of the Scottish NHS. I have a toddler and newborn twins, so I’m also a user of the health service as both parent and patient!
The full extent of the pressures medical staff are being put under is now clear, with thousands of sick people forced to queue for care as the outbreak of the norovirus and flu stretches workers to the limit.
In the worst reported case a patient had to wait 23 hours, while thousands more are waiting longer than the Government's four-hour target limit.