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Scotland's A&E waiting times hit record high

A&E waiting times have hit a record high, as more than 1,000 people waited at least 12 hours to be seen by a doctor for the first time since records began.

Official statistics released yesterday show the proportion of people left waiting more than eight and 12 hours in December were at the worst level for a single month since records started in 2007. Patients who were seen within the four-hour waiting time target also reached the lowest level on record.

Scottish Conservatives health spokesman Miles Briggs described the figures as "an utter disaster".

Mr Briggs said: "Patients are waiting in pain, discomfort and distress which in turn significantly affects staff."

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Source: The Telegraph, 4 February 2020


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