A&Es fail to meet waiting time target for December

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Scottish Accident and Emergency units failed to meet waiting time targets in December as the number of patients increased.

The latest figures show that during the week ending 24 December, 83.3% of patients were seen within four hours.

This falls short of the 95% target set by the Scottish government.

During the week ending 17 December, only 81.1% of patients were seen within four hours, the lowest figure since records began.

There was a 20% increase in attendances during the week ending 25 December compared to the same week the previous year.

Concern over the shortfall has led some health boards to take action. The newly-opened Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary has announced it has moved to "red status", with some outpatient clinics being suspended to meet demand.

NHS Lanarkshire has asked patients not to visit A&E unless "absolutely necessary". The health board missed the 95% target for every week in December.

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