I have been covering health for The Herald for eight years. My remit includes everything from care of the elderly to medical research and the successes and failures of the Scottish NHS. I have a toddler and newborn twins, so I’m also a user of the health service as both parent and patient!
Audit Scotland's investigation exposed a culture that focused on hitting the Government's treatment times targets but not on how the results were being achieved.
The independent watchdog's trawl was conducted after deliberate manipulation of waiting list figures was exposed in NHS Lothian. It found some evidence that similar tactics may have been employed in other health board areas.