Number of outpatient appointments missed sees slight fall
The number of patients in Scotland who did not attend their hospital appointment fell slightly compared with the previous year.
Official NHS Scotland statistics showed that in 2012/13 10.2% of outpatient appointments were not attended, which was a reduction of 0.2% in 2011/12.
Other health figures revealed that the number of beds in Scottish hospitals had reduced further.
In 2012/13 there were 16,230 staffed beds, a fall of 8% since 2003/04.
The report pointed out that the decline in the number of beds in Scottish hospitals mirrored what was happening elsewhere in the UK.
It said the fall was largely attributable to changing medical practice including progress in technology and the provision of alternatives to hospital admission, including nursing homes and care in the home.
NHS Scotland said it was continually working towards improving efficiency by reducing unnecessary return outpatient appointments and "did not attend" (DNA) patient appointments.
The number of DNAs has gradually fallen since 2003.