The Royal College of Emergency Medicine, in its call for a ‘Summer to Recover‘ campaign, outlines a series of recommendations to ensure that Emergency Departments do not become the system failure service this winter.
The above, from 4 key requests, will strike a chord with TuS regulars. For more than a year now, I’ve been reporting on NHS Scotland’s superior A&E performance and noting that the gap is almost certainly even greater because NHS England fiddles its data.
For any who have missed this, 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
With particular regard to the more than 12-hour waits experienced by some, in Scotland, typically around 120 out of 28 000 do in a month, 0.43%.
NHS England claims only around 500 out of 400 000, 0.125% wait for more than 12 hours but as the RCEM and indeed, we all know, they’re starting the clock again after admission to a ward. Most of the MSM allow this deception.