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Health Secretary comments on weekly performance figures.
Commenting on A&E performance figures published today, which show that in the week ending 8 November 2015, 94.4 per cent of people were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours, Health Secretary Shona Robison said:
"I am clear that there is more work to be done on A&E waiting times, in particular as we head into winter. However, progress has been made and monthly performance has exceeded 95 per cent for three consecutive months, and is over two percentage points higher than September last year. The latest monthly performance figures also show that Scotland is the best performing country in the UK.
"In terms of the weekly figure, we know this can fluctuate, but it is encouraging to see that performance has increased compared to the previous week and was more than four percentage points higher than the same period last year.
"Of course, any long patient wait is unacceptable and health boards know that they must do everything they can to eradicate them. This is why we circulated guidance to health boards in September on eliminating crowding and long waits in A&E, by ensuring best practice escalation measures are in place in each hospital and health board. This guidance was produced jointly with the Royal College of Emergency Medicine and other clinical and managerial service representatives.
"As we prepare to head into winter we have been working closely with health boards and stakeholders to put further measures in place. This includes our winter guidance for boards, which was issued two months earlier this year than previous years, and additional investment of £10.7 million which will help ease pressure.
"In addition, 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.
"However, there is still more work to do and I am continuing to receive regular updates from sites experiencing challenges to ensure that progress is being made to drive down waiting times."
Latest monthly figures shows that in September core sites in Scotland saw 95.0% of its patients within four hours compared to 90.1% in England; 79.8% in Wales and 74.7% in Northern Ireland.