New figures show drop in people waiting for treatment in Lothian

 People are being treated more quickly in Lothian, according to new figures published today.


Statistics from the Information Services Division show NHS Lothian is again succeeding in hitting Scottish Executive targets.

Jackie Sansbury, Director of Strategic Planning and Modernisation, NHS Lothian, said:

"These figures show that once again patients in Lothian are all being treated within the guarantee target of 26 weeks and we are moving on to ensure we deliver even swifter treatment in future.
"We are also making good progress in reducing the number of people waiting for more than 18 weeks - which is down a third compared to June 2006.
"We already have an action plan to eliminate the use of Availability Status Codes by the end of December 2007.
"Numbers have greatly reduced since last year and funding has been identified to ensure patients who currently have an ASC code are treated as quickly as possible if appropriate."