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Audit Scotland: NHS waiting list systems 'must improve'

The Scottish government and NHS boards must improve the systems they use to manage waiting lists to ensure the "fair treatment of patients", the public sector watchdog has said.

Audit Scotland began investigating after problems came to light in NHS Lothian and in Tayside.

The watchdog said the "poor" quality of information available had prevented it from establishing whether or not patients were deliberately marked as unavailable for treatment in order to reduce the appearance of longer waiting times.

Eleanor Bradford reports.

  • 21 Feb 2013
  • From the section Health