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Waiting times fall in Scotland, but watchdog urges caution

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 16 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:383
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. Edinburgh

    The Scottish health service has been warned that it faces major challenges in meeting targets to reduce inpatients' and outpatients' waiting times.

    A report from the public spending watchdog Audit Scotland says that NHS Scotland has made major progress in meeting current targets on waiting times. The number of patients waiting more than six months for inpatient or day case treatment fell by 89% between March 2001 and September 2005. The number of outpatients waiting more than six months in the same period fell by 78%.

    As in England, patients in Scotland should be …

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