BBC UK still deliberately using wrong NHS England A&E data to inflate performance for January by 10% but it still falls well below NHS Scotland

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On BBC 1 at 1pm today:

Waiting times for A&E in England improved slightly in January. Over the course of the month 81.7% were seen within four hours.

This is wrong and they’ve been up to this trick for years. Here’s the data source:

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https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/ae-waiting-times-and-activity/ae-attendances-and-emergency-admissions-2019-20/

Only Type 1 A&E departments are full resuscitation, consultant-led and comparable with those in the rest of the UK. Type 2 and 3 are small drop-in minor injury sections in hospital with no A&E. NHS England, alone, collect the data for these and use them to generate fake data which much of our MSM just accept. The Guardian, the Independent and Channel 4 have changed after being contacted by ‘us.’ I’ve explained to several BBC reporters but they ignore the evidence.

The correct figure is 71.2% up from 68.6%.

The picture in Scotland:

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https://beta.isdscotland.org/find-publications-and-data/health-services/hospital-care/nhs-performs-weekly-update-of-emergency-department-activity-and-waiting-time-statistics/

The average for NHS Scotland is 84.1% treated within 4 hours.

NHS Scotland A&E is at least 13% better as NHS England also has the dubious practice of restarting the clock after patients are admitted whereas in Scotland counting continues from first arrival. See this:

https://gss.civilservice.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/UK-Comparative-Waiting-Times-AE-final.xlsx

Published by johnrobertson834

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

7 thoughts on “BBC UK still deliberately using wrong NHS England A&E data to inflate performance for January by 10% but it still falls well below NHS Scotland

    1. Some of this makes sense, but one point on automation. He asserts that automation could lose up to half the workers, but…..if automation gives a lead in a sector, you could increase your workforce.
      If you DONT automate—ALL the jobs could disappear.

      I worked in a company many years ago, making half shell bearing for cars. The main factory had hundreds of people using had presses—I worked in a development factory establishing power presses which could turn out in an hour, the same as a man could make in a week. The unions fought it, and we were too late in any case–the company was uncompetitive (once an industry leader) and most of the workforce were laid off.

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    2. The Yahoo article is amplifying something written in The Conversation.com/UK, an online magazine which has a tag line ‘academic rigour, journalistic flair”. Based on its headline: “Scottish National Investment Bank looks hardwired for failure – here’s why” – and now having skip-read the full paper on which the the article is based – I would suggest that ‘journalistic flair’ has won out!

      Source: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/business/rbf/workingpapers/RBF19_020.pdf

      The source paper is IMHO a bit of a ramble. It is a working document rather than a peer reviewed paper: it would benefit greatly from such a review.

      Not to make too much of this given its O/T here but for interest, Gerry, here are a few extracts from the source paper:

      “It would be both premature and invidious to be too definitive about the suitability of bank’s precise modus operandi prior to its establishment.” – but the paper devotes much space to doing precisely this!

      “Whilst a more diffusion-oriented approach for SNIB seems like a sensible way forward, we do however take the strong view that while making these kind of theoretical distinctions it is important to recognise that sophisticated modern knowledge-based economies cannot be simply shoehorned into one (or the other) simple all-encompassing model. In other words, the policy choices facing economies are not a simply a crude “either or” choice in terms two binary innovation approaches delineated.“ – whilst the whole purpose of the paper is to argue for one of only two approaches!

      “The – admittedly subjective – central contention put forward in the paper is that a mission- oriented policy approach constitutes “fuzzy” policy making which is likely to obfuscate rather than enlighten the policy implementation process.” – yes indeed a subjective view! But then later the author relies on: “.. this (his paper’s) detailed examination,..”

      Apologies to Prof Robertson and others for prolonging Gerry’s ‘distraction’!!!

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  1. Further encouraging news of Scottish business confidence having been buoyed up by the stunning SNP wins (82% of Scottish Constituencies delivered) in the December election. Today it is the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Scotland who are noticing the increased business confidence since the SNP’s big win across Scotland. Link and snippet below:

    https://news.stv.tv/scotland/house-sales-increase-after-modest-post-election-surge?top

    Sales in the Scottish housing market picked up with increased optimism in January, according to the latest official figures.

    A net balance of 11% of surveyors in the RICS Residential Market Survey said there were more newly agreed sales in January compared to December.

    This comes after a 22% increase in the number of people looking to buy.

    Simon Rubinsohn, RICS chief economist, said: “The latest survey results point to a continued improvement in market sentiment over the month, building on a noticeable pick-up in the immediate aftermath of the General Election.

    Johnson’s openly stated plan is to ‘F— business’ – hardly surprising the comprehensive SNP victory in Scotland is so welcome to business sentiment here.

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  2. Congratulations to Scottish High Court Justice, Lord Bonomy, for his prestigious appointment to a major UN Court. Story carried on Scottish Legal but haven’t noticed it carried anywhere else. Link and snippet below:

    https://www.scottishlegal.com/article/lord-bonomy-appointed-to-un-judicial-post

    Lord Bonomy has been appointed as the UK’s judge on the United Nation’s roster of judges of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals.

    Lord Bonomy graduated from Glasgow University and practised as a solicitor from 1970 until 1983. In 1984, he was admitted to the Scottish bar and, in 1993, was appointed Queen’s Counsel.

    From 1990 to 1996, he served as an advocate depute and, in 1997, was appointed a Senator of the College of Justice

    From 2004 to 2009, he served as a Judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), where he sat on many high-profile cases and presided over the trial of former Serbian President, Milan Milutinović.

    As Better Together constantly reminds us – the WHOLE WORLD knows we’re too wee, too poor and too stupid to choose who should run our national affairs.

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  3. The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to support Spain’s ‘veto’ over any Brexit agreement regarding the EU, the UK and Gibraltar. Making friends and influencing people is surely the Ukanian way. Link and snippets below:

    https://www.gbc.gi/news/eu-parliament-votes-support-spains-veto-gibraltar

    The Spanish MEP Esteban Gonzalez Pons has told the European Parliament that Spain will defend its own priorities post-Brexit including the ‘decolonisation of Gibraltar’. This comes as the European Parliament today voted to support a Resolution on the EU’s future relationship with the UK which includes Spain’s right to veto any agreement between the EU and the UK over Gibraltar. This formed part of the text embracing the key positions of EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier.

    In the first plenary session since the UK left the EU, the remaining 27 members set out their demands ahead of talks on the future UK-EU relationship.

    Spanish MEP Esteban Gonzalez Pons predictably wasted no time in the EU’s plenary session to call for the decolonisation of Gibraltar and to remind his fellow MEPs that Brexit means Brexit.

    The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favour of the resolution on the package of measures, which includes a paragraph upholding its veto over Gibraltar in future negotiations. 543 voted in favour, 39 against, and 69 abstained.

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