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Distorted facts

Sir,

Reading in your news item on A&E waiting times (Arran Banner, September 2) that some patients in Ayrshire and Arran were waiting eight hours ‘before being seen’, I felt instinctively that this could not be true.

A 90-second Google search proved me correct. A check on the NHS Information Services Division website, where this kind of data is routinely made available, shows that there has been an increase in the last month (of less than one per day) in the number of patients in Ayrshire A&E departments waiting over eight hours ‘to be treated, admitted or discharged’.

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