More than 90 per cent of patients in Scotland are now being treated in 18 weeks or less.
New figures published today by ISD show that over 92 per cent of patients whose entire journey could be measured were seen and treated within 18 weeks from initial GP referral to start of treatment.
NHS Lothian is the only Board not to have met the 90 per cent target for the three months measured, with NHS Forth Valley also missing the target for one month.
The figures also show that over 283,000 patients were treated within 18 weeks during the quarter ending 30 June.
Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said:
“I am pleased to say that NHS Scotland is delivering on the target to ensure that patients are treated in 18 weeks or less.
“Quick access to treatment, delivered as locally as possible is what patients want.
“NHS Lothian have been working hard to reduce the numbers of patients breaching the waiting times targets following changes to their recording practices last December. We are already starting to see improvements in their numbers and we expect this to continue.
“It is important to remember just how much progress has been made. In 2007 over 29,000 people were stuck on ‘hidden waiting lists’ not getting the treatment they needed.
“Our 18 weeks referral to treatment target demonstrates what the NHS can achieve by protecting the founding principles of the National Health Service. Scottish patients really are reaping the benefits.”