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Health Secretary comments on A&E performance for week ending 20 September 2015.
Commenting on A&E performance for the week ending 20 September 2015, when 94.4 per cent of patients were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours, Health Secretary Shona Robison said:
"A&E performance is always likely to fluctuate from week to week. However it is encouraging to note that performance is over one percentage point better than the equivalent week last year – and there has been an overall improvement of over eight percentage points since weekly reporting began in February.
"However it is crucial, especially as we head into winter, that NHS boards across Scotland continue to work hard to ensure that A&E performance is maintained and improved upon. The Scottish Government will go on providing full support in terms of planning and investment to support these efforts.
"The level of improvement we have seen in Scotland this summer shows that while winter will continue to bring extra pressures that affect performance, the NHS has appropriate plans and processes in place to allow a prompt recovery. This year boards will be further supported through earlier winter planning; winter guidance was issued two months earlier this year compared to previous years, and additional Investment of £10.7 million that will help ease pressure.
"The national unscheduled care team continues to work closely with a number of local teams across Scotland to monitor performance and progress the six essential actions, which aim to minimise long waits in A&E and Assessment Units by improving patient flow throughout all areas of the hospital and in the community."
The full statistical publication is available on the ISD Scotland website: http://www.isdscotland.org/
The publication of weekly A&E waiting time statistics for the week ending 20 September covers the 30 emergency departments in Scotland which provide a 24 hour emergency medicine consultant led service.
The statistics relate to patients who were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4, 8 and 12 hours.
The figures are also available on the NHS Performs website: http://www.nhsperforms.scot
A new publication looking at the demographic of individuals attending Emergency Departments and how this affects rates of attendance in NHS Scotland is available here: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Emergency-Care/Emergency-Department-Activity/