Scottish emergency unit waiting times are lengthening

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 08 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3193
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. 1Edinburgh

The number of patients waiting longer than four hours to be treated in hospital emergency departments in Scotland has almost trebled in recent years.

A review carried out by Audit Scotland found that around 104 000 patients waited longer than four hours in 2012-13, up from 36 000 in 2008-9. Total attendances at Scotland’s 31 emergency departments fell slightly over this period, but there is some evidence that increasing numbers of elderly …

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