Health Secretary Humza Yousef
In February 2021, NHS Scotland’s A&E departments saw and treated 86.2% within 4 hours while NHS England could only manage 77.4%, an 8.8% gap, and even then they were cheating, see below.
By April 2021, NHS England could still only manage 77.1%.
In April 2021, in Scotland, 87.4% were seen and treated within 4 hours, a 10.3% gap.
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