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