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2 May 2017, 13:59
Waiting times at emergency departments improved again in March, but still fell short of the Scottish Government's target.
New statistics show 93.8% of patients were seen and either admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours during the month.
The number compares with 92.5% in February and 91.8% in January, but does not meet the 95% target.
There were 138,813 attendances at A&E during March, up significantly on 118,803 the previous month.
A total of 661 patients spent more than eight hours in the department, while 103 patients were there for more than 12 hours.
This compares with 1,100 and 287 in February.
Separate weekly figures show 93% of patients were seen on time in the week ending April 23, with 26,525 attendances.
A total of 120 patients spent more than eight hours in A&E during the week, while 15 were there more than 12 hours.
Health Secretary Shona Robison said: ''It is encouraging to see an improvement in both the weekly and monthly A&E statistics published today, and I'd like to thank all the NHS staff involved for their efforts in bringing about this positive change.
''Scotland's core A&E sites have been the best performing in the UK for at least the last two years. However, I absolutely recognise the need to continue with our programme of improvements.
''We want to see long-term, sustainable change that maintains a high level of performance at all times.
''We have put record investment and increased levels of staffing into our hospitals to help achieve this. We are also working with boards and frontline staff as we continue to deliver our six Essential Actions for Unscheduled Care.''