The Scottish Conservatives have pledged to introduce fast-track cancer diagnosis to improve waiting times for patients.
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.
The number of patients waiting in Scotland’s A&E departments for more than four hours has risen by more than 35% in a year, according to the latest health statistics.
A patient has been waiting 849 days for hospital treatment, figures show, despite the Scottish Government bringing in legislation setting out a maximum waiting time of 84 days.
Cancer charities are demanding the number of NHS staff is urgently increased after new figures showed a rise in deaths from the disease last year.
Health Secretary unveils £850m plan to improve waiting times – but warns of delays in meeting targets
The Health Secretary has admitted it will be years before a key waiting time target will be met in Scotland as she laid out an £850 million plan to improve performance.
Patients had to wait more than two months on average for a hospital appointment in Tayside, official figures show.
Some Tayside patients with mental health problems have had to wait nearly two years to start treatment, shocking new figures have revealed.
The Health Secretary has been blasted for blaming the Beast from the East for thousands of patients waiting too long for treatment.
Drug users seeking help in Dundee have waited more than two months for treatment as services struggle to meet demand, new figures show.