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Scots NHS Makes Progress in Waiting List Changes

Magazine article Public Finance

Scots NHS Makes Progress in Waiting List Changes

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Changes to the management of NHS waiting lists In Scotland have made the system fairer for patients but more needs to be done to ensure it works effectively, Audit Scotland has found.

The watchdog, which carried out a study into the changes in the management of waiting lists, said the NHS was not accurately recording all relevant information.

This meant it was difficult to demonstrate that it was managing patients correctly in line with the updated guidance, New ways, which came into effect In January 2008.

However, Audit Scotland's report, Managing NHS waiting lists: a review of new arrangements, published on March 4, commended the service for implementing what it described as the 'complex new arrangements'.

These were designed to ensure patients were managed more consistently and to end 'hidden waiting lists', where patients would lose their guarantee of being treated within a certain period. …

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