Hospitals failing new legal duty to meet waiting times targets

HOSPITALS across Scotland are failing to meet a new legal duty to ensure patients wait no longer than 12 weeks for treatment, a report reveals.

Public spending watchdog Audit Scotland found only three health boards had met the Scottish Government’s legally binding “treatment time guarantee” since it was introduced in October last year.

The guarantee – included in the SNP’s flagship Patients Rights Act – was designed to ensure that inpatients and day case patients were treated within 12 weeks of their treatment being agreed.

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The SNP have broken their own law 12,000 times since they brought it in. They cannot be trusted with the future of NHS Scotland.