Latest figures show that NHS boards in Scotland remain on target to phase out hidden waiting lists by the end of this year, acording to country's health secretary.

Nicola Sturgeon told the Scottish Parliament that management information available to health boards indicates the number of patients on the inpatient and day case waiting list with an availablity status code had fallen by a more than a third over the summer.

Ms Sturgeon also announced that the new system coming into force on 1 January, which will ensure all patients are covered by national waiting-time targets, will be reviewed by Audit Scotland to ensure it is being operated consistently, fairly and to the benefit of all patients.