The above claims are astonishing in the nerve or disassociation with reality required to lie on such a scale. Goebbels would be proud. RD Laing would be worried. The sick will not attend and some will die.
On A&E, NHS Scotland is 26% better than NHS Wales and at least 17.5% faster than NHS England (they fiddle the data):
On hospital discharges, the average number of beds occupied per day is the same as it was in 2019 and Scotland has 50% more beds than NHS England:
On staffing, Scotland has 50% more nurses and many more doctors than NHS England:
On ‘thousands’ of operations being cancelled, 496 out of 20 490 (2.1%) were cancelled in August 2021 due to capacity problems, slightly fewer than in late 2019:
On staff absence, it has been falling for 2 weeks and is now 30% down on last week, 50% down on January 2021 and 200% down on April 2020:
On the summer surge in cases, admissions have been falling for a week now and are less than half that in February 2021:
On unprecedented demand, again it is now less than half that in February 2021 and only two-thirds of that in April 2020, and falling at the moment.
On Lisa Summer’s reporting? Cognitive dissonance, the gap between what you know is true and what you feel you must say in your public role, if too great, can lead to schizophrenia (Laing). This cannot be good for her: