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SNP health secretary Shona Robison informs us that Scottish A&E department targets have been met (your report, 22 July). This is undoubtedly a great tribute to hard-pressed teams in our hospitals.

But let’s not forget the SNP reduced the target from 98 to 95 per cent of patients being seen within four hours and this has taken 100 weeks to achieve, plus it’s the holiday season when demand decreases. The 98 per cent target hasn’t been reached for 300 weeks. It’s vital for all of us that the SNP ensures staffing levels are appropriate before next winter. The Nationalists have been responsible for our NHS for eight years. There’s no blaming this one on Westminster.

Martin Redfern

Royal Circus

Edinburgh