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Outpatient waits in Scotland get worse

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The number of Scottish outpatients waiting over 18 weeks for treatment has risen by 9%, according to government statistics.
However, the Scottish data shows the majority of outpatients were seen within 26 weeks in the three months leading up to September.

Inpatients were better off and were all treated within 26 weeks.

Vast improvements were seen in diagnostic testing, with only 142 patients waiting over nine weeks from the point of referral compared to more than 10,000 in July last year, following a clamp down on hidden waiting lists.

The nine week diagnostic waiting time will become mandatory in Scotland in January.
Health minister Nicola Sturgeon said: ‘This is very positive progress on patient waiting times ahead of a number of tough new maximum targets coming in at the end of next month.’
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