Kenneth Gibson has praised hard-working NHS staff after hospitals in NHS Ayrshire & Arran outperformed the four hour A&E waiting time target.
More than 95% of patients across Scotland’s core accident and emergency departments were seen, admitted or discharged within four hours, according to the most recent figures.
Hospitals in Ayrshire & Arran performed above the national figure, with 97.2% of patients being seen within the four hour target.
Scottish hospitals have been the best performing emergency departments in the UK consistently now for more than two years.
Commenting, Kenneth said:
“The excellent performance of Ayrshire & Arran's emergency departments is testament to the hard work of our NHS and social care workers.
“We have seen a steady reduction in average waiting times and it is enormously encouraging that these figures are above the four hour standard and even more encouraging that Ayrshire & Arran's A & E departments are doing better than the national average.
“The challenge now is to ensure that this target is maintained.
“I’ve seen how committed NHS staff are to providing a vital service and we should all celebrate their success.”