Yesterday BBC Scotland’s Health Correspondent ‘informed’ us:
The NHS is under severe pressure and some doctors warn that already patients are suffering or dying unnecessarily.
A&E is seeing record waits. Thousands of people can’t get the operations they need and will become sicker as delays go on. Shortages in social care mean people can’t get out of hospital to get the care they need at home.
Every health board is working at capacity.
Covid has a significant role to play in that. There are still more than 900 people in hospital with Covid, and that means staff looking after them instead of others.
High community transmission means NHS workers get sick too, so fewer nurses and doctors with even more patients and ever longer waits.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-59145685
Leaving aside that there hadn’t been more than 900 in hospital since November 3rd, only 24 hours later, the data say otherwise and you wonder if she’s just repeating what a few individuals with an agenda are feeding her.
The infection rate is flatlining, well below the February peak and with far fewer vulnerable cases.
Hospital admissions and ICU cases are falling, as cases flatline based largely on younger people, to well under half that in February.
The booster rollout is soaring, with 72% of the over 80s done and at twice the UK rate yesterday.
Hospital discharge delays are falling and well below the pre-pandemic level.
Nursing staff absences due to Covid infection have been falling for 9 weeks now to less than a quarter of that in April.
Care home staff absences due to Covid fall to only 1.1%, down from 10% in April.
School absences are stable at around 1.5% well below the September peak of 5% after return from the Summer break.
Looking at all this, you might be forgiven for think there isn’t a crisis NHS Scotland.