5 600 more could have been seen within 4 hours had they lived in Scotland

Humza Yousaf next to ambulance
Scottish Health Secretary, Humza Yousaf: PA MEDIA

In August 2021, NHS Scotland’s A&E departments saw, on average 75.45% within 4 hours.

In NHS England for the same period, on average, only 66.2% were seen in 4 hours.

The Scottish system is thus more than 9% better in crude terms but more accurately 14% better (9.25% of 66.2).

Of the total 400 000 attending A&E in England in August, 56 000 more could have been seen within 4 hours had they lived with an NHS like NHS Scotland. With only one tenth of the population that equates to 5 600.

Also, NHS England uses a cunning ploy to make their figures appear better, see below, and so the gap is even greater:

  1. BBC Scotland has accused NHS England of fiddling the figures by selection which departments are included: https://fullfact.org/health/fiddled-accident-emergency-statistics/
  2. 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




One thought on “5 600 more could have been seen within 4 hours had they lived in Scotland

  1. I like Indy truck Davy on Youtube, he has a unique style of delivery :-).
    Here he tells us about a friend of his who was seriously ill in England, but with a 7 hour wait for emergency treatment, Davy drove him up to Scotland in 5 hours so the Scottish NHS could treat him and save his life.


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