Any excuse for a crisis, BBC Scotland get one consultant to tell them of the pressure in one hospital, Edinburgh Royal, and use that to justify the suggestion of a nation-wide ‘NHS crisis!’
EDI does seem objectively to be in trouble. They only see 60.8% of A&E patients in 4 hours compared to the national average of 72.7% or NHS Tayside at 92.1%.
Dr Whitworth, above, associate medical director for NHS Lothian and the rest of the board need to do something, I’d say and not just wait for the Health Secretary to solve their problems with more money. BBC Scotland wouldn’t say that. The Associate Medical Director, unlike say SNP politicians, is just a hapless victim of external forces they could not have been expected to foresee and plan for.
Most important, this is local not national. Infection levels are plummeting, admissions are falling from a peak only half that in February, Scotland has 50% more beds per head of population than England, many more nurses and doctors than all of the other nations, NHS Scotland staff absence rates are now way down on the peak and A&E performance is significantly better than England or Wales. The data is in earlier posts here: