Key targets for patients to be seen in A&E within four hours, or receive an operation within 18 weeks, could be scrapped under new NHS plans.
Doctors’ fears over the effectiveness of the four-hour A&E target need to be taken “very seriously”, the Health Secretary has said.
A smartphone device which can be used to detect serious heart conditions should be rolled out to A&E departments across the country, researchers say.
The four-hour A&E target in hospitals is reportedly set to be scrapped within a year.
More than 500 patients spent more than eight hours in A&E in the first full week of February – with 139 patients there for 12 hours or more.
Hospital accident and emergency departments kept more than 100 patients waiting for more than 12 hours in one week, new figures have revealed.
Performance at accident and emergency departments in Scotland has hit its lowest monthly level since the Beast from the East, according to new figures.
Scrapping the four-hour A&E target would have a “near-catastrophic impact” on patient safety, doctors have warned as nursing leaders said it was not right to “tinker” with it.
Excessive waits in emergency departments in Northern Ireland have decreased this winter despite more people attending for treatment, figures indicate.
More than 12,000 ambulance patients in England waited at least 30 minutes to be transferred to an A&E department last week, the highest weekly total of the winter so far, as health chiefs warned the worst could still be to come.
Staff working on emergency wards at Tayside hospitals have been praised for coping well with the festive demand.
Almost 3,000 people have signed a petition against removing services from Perth Royal Infirmary’s accident and emergency department.
It is a fact of life that a trip to A&E usually involves hours of sitting around not knowing what is going on.
The performance of the A&E department at Ninewells Hospital has improved greatly following the festive period.
Injuries related to the cold weather and an outbreak of flu have been blamed for a dip in A&E performance over the festive period.
An elderly woman was rushed to hospital after tripping over her husband’s chair at a funeral.
A Dundee boy who broke his arm after falling at a park has made a plea to the woman who helped him to come forward.
Steven Brisbane, 32, of Soapwork Lane, was ordered to return to prison to serve the remaining 72 days of his licence and then jailed for 12 months and 14 weeks at Dundee Sheriff Court.
“Dundee used to be really behind the times in terms of getting people care. It was archaic.”
Visits to A&E departments across Tayside are expected to rocket in the next two weeks as the festive season gets well and truly under way.