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Scotland sets six week target for diagnostic tests from April

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 24 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2709
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. 1Edinburgh

    Waiting times for eight diagnostic tests are to be cut to a maximum of six weeks in Scotland from April after the success of an improvement programme.

    The current nine week target has been met throughout Scotland as a result of a £50m (€60m; $75m) diagnostics collaborative programme, which has led to changes in how the service is managed and delivered. The number of patients who wait longer than nine weeks fell from 10 638 in July 2006 to just two this July.

    The performance of the diagnostic service has been reviewed by Audit Scotland. It welcomes the …

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