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Scotland's A&E waiting times worst on record

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Performance on waiting times targets at Scotland's hospital A&E units has hit a new low.

Figures for the week ending 11 September showed just 63.5% of patients were dealt with within four hours.

Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said the figures were "not acceptable" and he was determined to improve performance.

Scottish Tory health spokesman Dr Sandesh Gulhane said the figures showed the "crisis in A&E is not merely continuing, but deepening".

The Scottish government target is that 95% of patients attending A&E are seen and subsequently admitted or discharged within four hours.

Doctors working in emergency medicine have issued stark warnings recently about the impact of long waits in A&E. It is simply not safe, and patients are dying as a result, they say.

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Source: BBC News, 20 September 2022

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