NHS chiefs racked up a bill of nearly £1 million per month on sending patients to private hospitals for procedures last year as part of attempts to tackle spiralling waiting times.

The use of private facilities such as Spire Murrayfield has risen as NHS Lothian attempts to slash the number of people waiting beyond the Scottish Government’s Treatment Time Guarantee – which entitles inpatient or day-case patients to treatment within 12 weeks.

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