Far fewer patients waiting more than a year for treatment

There are a million stories out there and ‘the news‘ is made up of the ones editors choose to report, to help readers make sense of their world in the way they prefer.

In Public Health Scotland’s report today on waiting times, there is ‘bad news‘ to be found and no doubt BBC Scotland, the Herald and the Scotsman will find it in ‘the public interest‘ as they see it, to be anxious, change averse.

However, as the editor here I think it’s in the public interest and your mental well-being that I select these facts:

During the quarter ending 30 June 2021, 286,707 patients were seen across NHS Scotland. This represents an increase of 10.8% (+27,859 patients) from the quarter ending 31 March 2021. 

While the waiting list size continues to increase, the percentage of patients experiencing waits of 52 weeks and over has decreased. At 30 June 2021, 8.8% (35,016) had been waiting 52 weeks or more, down from 13.4% (47,598) at 31 March 2021.

https://www.publichealthscotland.scot/publications/nhs-waiting-times-stage-of-treatment/stage-of-treatment-waiting-times-inpatients-day-cases-and-new-outpatients-31-august-2021

10 thoughts on “Far fewer patients waiting more than a year for treatment

  1. Fret not
    We all have less than 24 hrs till they the MSM fling their shit upon our screens and front pages
    For those of sane mind
    Please arm yourself with a brick and some form of. Pyrotechnic
    Tis the only current anti dote
    Air freshener is utterly useless
    Or wait to cast a yes vote
    Coming soon folks

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  2. Time ( particularly ‘Waiting Time ‘ ) is a political weapon when used by the Sad Losers’ Parties and their MSM .
    They forget that WE have been waiting more than 300 years to be get vaccinated against their insidious colonisation .

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  3. Lisa (Doomster) Summers on the webpage tweeted today –
    “Health boards are limping on, doing what they can, but the reality is that hospitals are struggling to cope with demand, and non-urgent treatments are the first to go.”
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-58388675

    Lisa (Doomster) Summers, on BBC Reporting Scotland at lunchtime today, mentioned the Recovery Plan and went on to say –
    “The reality is that many of these issues existed before the pandemic, so it will be extremely challenging and take a long time to get on track.”

    *Limping along
    *Struggling
    *Challenging
    *Long time
    I wonder how often such terms are to be found in the BBC Scotland archives?

    I’ve failed to find any mention on the Beeb of the chaos induced by Humza Yousaf’s latest escapade. It was covered in a Hootsmon article today, which I might summarise as follows –

    The First Minister was notified of her contact with positive case X, so the FM isolated and got tested.

    Humza Yousaf was with the FM and X (together or separately, I’m not sure), but he was not notified that he was a contact.
    Humza Yousaf decides to isolate and get tested rather than doing a photo-op at a hospital.

    NB: Humza Yousaf is the Health Secretary, so it would seem appropriate, and indeed prudent, to avoid the photo-op *at a hospital*.

    Jackie Baillie: Humza Yousaf doesn’t trust his own rules, so it’s complete SNP chaos! (I didn’t make this up)

    So she thinks you only need to isolate and get tested if you’re notified (pinged or phoned). This is not true, as I confirmed recently when looking into the case of a family member – if you know you were in contact with a positive case, it’s the same as being notified. The wording of the Scotsman article stupidly implies that not being notified is like the all-clear.

    Can you imagine the stushie if Humza had turned up at the hospital and said – it’s OK folks, I was with someone who tested positive but the system didn’t notify me.

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  4. “NHS waiting list in England hits record 5.45 million” – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-58186708

    But wait – “Sajid Javid, the new Health and Social Care Secretary, has warned that it is ‘going to get a lot worse before it gets better’ and could grow to 13 million.” – https://ifs.org.uk/publications/15557

    That would equate to about 1.3 million here.

    So, in England, the Health Secretary warns of a huge waiting list.

    In Scotland, the BBC talks incessantly about a problem which is below the scale of that in England. I wonder how they’d react if Humza Yousaf warned it was going to get vastly bigger. It might be worth it to see Lisa Summer’s face.

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  5. “NHS waiting list in England hits record 5.45 million”

    But wait – “Sajid Javid, the new Health and Social Care Secretary, has warned that it is ‘going to get a lot worse before it gets better’ and could grow to 13 million.”

    That would equate to about 1.3 million here.

    So, in England, the Health Secretary warns of a huge waiting list.

    In Scotland, the BBC talks incessantly about a problem which is below the scale of that in England. I wonder how they’d react if Humza Yousaf warned it was going to get vastly bigger. It might be worth it to see Lisa Summer’s face.

    [I posted this yesterday with 2 links; just posting again to see if the links were a problem]

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    1. So posted without links works.

      Posted with links yesterday, I can see it appears to be stuck in “moderation” –
      “AUGUST 31, 2021 AT 7:38 PM
      Your comment is awaiting moderation”.

      Can you see it John?

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      1. My post at AUGUST 31, 2021 AT 7:38 PM has now appeared.

        Seems like my posts without links appear immediately, whereas posts with links go in a moderation queue – is that a WordPress feature John, or something you set up?

        PS: I can understand why it could be sensible to moderate posts with links, which could be dodgy links. Just interested in how it works.

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