Scots hospital waiting lists improve

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HEALTH boards across Scotland have improved their management of waiting lists following the manipulation of figures in Lothian, a study has found.

Audit Scotland, which reviewed practices after fiddling of data within NHS Lothian was uncovered in 2011, said health boards are now implementing better controls and audit trails.

Use of unavailability codes, used by some NHS Lothian staff dishonestly, has also continued to fall. The manipulation of waiting lists in Lothian meant thousands more patients than had been reported were waiting too long for treatment.

Auditor General for Scotland Caroline Gardner said: “The health service and the Scottish Government have done a lot of work to improve how they manage, monitor and scrutinise waiting lists.”