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Good news in the ever-fluctuating world of Scottish accident and emergency statistics: the latest set of weekly figures show improvement but… predictably, they are still some way short of meeting official government targets.

Holyrood has set a short-term goal of 95% of Scottish accident and emergency patients being seen within four hours. In the long-term the goal is to see 98% treated in this timeframe.

A recent weekly round-up saw Scotland's accident and emergency departments successful in seeing 94.7% of patients within the four-hour target, which, although clearly not up to standard, is a small improvement on the previous week's 93.9% figure.

However, it was the performance of four health boards – Ayrshire and Arran (93.6%), Greater Glasgow and Clyde (92.6%), Lanarkshire (93.9%) and Lothian (94.8%) – that caused the failure to meet the target, so there will be added onus on them to improve performance over the coming months.

"Today's figures show A&E performance is steadily improving, with weekly figures getting closer to meeting our world-leading targets," commented Public health minister Maureen Watt.

"We cannot afford to lose momentum now and our focus remains on hitting that target, ensuring the best possible service for patients across Scotland."

One pieces of good news was that an 11 percent improvement in treatment times for Scotland's latest £842 million hospital, meant that the Scottish accident and emergency figures were not as bad as they might have been.

To view the Weekly Statistical Publication click here.

For information and advice, including how you may be able to proceed with a Scottish accident claim under a No Win No Fee agreement, call our Thompsons personal injury lawyers today on 0800 0891331.

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