In 2018/19 NHS Scotland A&E outstripped all other parts of UK despite English figures being fiddled

Mr Johnson, DO NOT tell me how to do my job. Look to your own backyard!

These are remarkable figures:

                        Seen within 4 hours               Waiting more than 12 hours

England           12 785 247, 81.5% (76.9%)     324 572, 2%

Scotland          1 252 051, 89.9%                    2 360, 0.2%

Wales              620 608, 75.2%                       45 757, 5.5%

N Ireland         434 468, 64.7%                       25 132, 3.7%–emergency-activity/2018-19

So, even as they stand, NHS Scotland’s figures are far superior. Perhaps most shocking, is the fact that you were 27 times more likely to have to wait more than 12 hours in a Welsh A&E department. You were only 10 times more likely to have done so in England and, at first glance, the 4-hour waiting time performance does not see that much worse but it’s a lie and for two reasons.

First the figure above for 4 hour waits in NHS England is based on all 3 types of department including small units dealing with only non-life-threatening ‘elastoplast’ injuries which typically can hit nearly 100% treatment within 4 hours and thus be used to massage the overall results. Only NHS England gathers this data. English Type 1 full emergency departments, comparable to those in the rest of the UK have much worse performance.

Sneakily NHS England have released separate attendance figures for all types but for performance have combined them to hide the awful truth. But, I have worked out the average for the last 12 months. It’s 76.9%, only just better than that for Wales and way behind that of Scotland

Second, NHS England starts the clock again after patients are admitted while NHS Scotland counts from arrival in A&E, so the gap is probably even bigger.

NHS England stats for December 2019 are being massaged as we await them.

Published by johnrobertson834

Retired Professor of Media Politics Not-for-profit independent political analysis

3 thoughts on “In 2018/19 NHS Scotland A&E outstripped all other parts of UK despite English figures being fiddled

  1. There’s a letter in yesterday’s Herald from a Mr. Richardson of Glasgow where he states that England’s figures for the “4 hour target” is 85%, he get’s the Scottish figure correct at 89%, then makes out that overall Scotland’s A&E outstripping England’s is more the exception.
    1. Bed blocking in Scotland is three times that in England.
    2. “Potentially life saving key diagnostics recieved within the 6 week target Scotland achieves 82% cf England at . . . . 96% further that in 2014 the two NHS’s were matched.
    3. RTT Referal to Treatment of 18 weeks, Scotland achieves 77% cf England at 85%

    The Unionist letters are packed with statistics, the Two pro Independence letters are statistic light.

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