More than 1,000 patients wait more than half a day in A&E as waiting times hit new record

Scotland has again recorded the highest figure on record for the number of people waiting at A&E for more than 12 hours.

Official figures from Public Health Scotland showed 1,022 people waited more than half a day in the week ending March 27 – an increase of seven from the week before.

The Scottish Government aims to ensure 95 per cent of people who attend A&E are seen and subsequently discharged or admitted to hospital within four hours.

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During the seven-day period, 68.4 per cent of the 25,264 attendances at emergency departments were seen within four hours.