In NHS Scotland, in April 2021, 87.15% of patients were treated within 4 hours from arrival in A&E.
In NHS England, in April 2021, 77.1% of patients were treated within 4 hours.
The results are carefully presented as ‘from arrival to admission, transfer or discharge’ for admissions but just as ‘percentage of attendance within 4 hours.’ This allows the latter to conceal the fact that they restart the clock after patients have been admitted to a department for treatment even though they may have waited for some time in A&E before that – sneaky.
So, 10% better means roughly 10% of the roughly 100 000 patients seen in NHS Scotland in April 2021 were seen in 4 hours when roughly speaking they would not have in NHS England.
The gap is probably even greater because.
- BBC Scotland has accused NHS England of fiddling the figures by selection which departments are included: https://fullfact.org/health/fiddled-accident-emergency-statistics/
- NHS England starts the clock again after patients are admitted while NHS Scotland counts from arrival in A&E: https://inews.co.uk/news/health/nhs-england-covering-up-true-scale-of-12-hour-hospital-waits-1335856