No ‘critical incidents’ in Scotland as Glasgow hospitals perform at national average


As 24 English health trusts declare ‘critical incidents’ (Guardian yesterday) and none in Scotland do, the Scottish media desperately scrabbles around for evidence that Scotland is just as bad, before anyone suggests the Scottish Government has managed its NHS better.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is the preferred target and its announcement, in common with hundreds of top medics across the UK, that folk should only turn up at A&E if they have an emergency , has been pounced on and linked to the health secretary’s rather more limited comment that we are in a worst case scenario, for Omicron cases not for the NHS overall.

However, the data don’t support the case.

In the week-ending 26 December 2021 (the most recent) Glasgow hospital saw 82% at A&E services within 4 hours, above the national figure of 80.2% and in the last full month, November, they saw 76.7%, just above the average of 75.9%.

For context, Glasgow’s A&E performance is nearly 20% better than NHS England and a staggering 44% better than NHS N Ireland.

We have no ‘critical incidents.’

A critical incident is defined clearly as:

Critical incidents are declared by NHS trusts when they believe they may no longer be able to provide a range of critical services. Declaring an incident enables local health chiefs to call for help from staff and other organisations, and creates a formal interim emergency governance structure to make prioritisation decisions at speed, for example redeploying staff or reprioritising services.


3 thoughts on “No ‘critical incidents’ in Scotland as Glasgow hospitals perform at national average

    1. Indeed – with 200 Military personnel deployed to London I await the rebuke from the Defence Minister that it is not the army’s job to bail out the UK government if it cannot run its hospitals efficiently !

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  1. Just been reading about defence medics helping out NHS hospitals across London..

    “The Armed Forces have sent 200 personnel into NHS hospitals across London to plug staff shortages.

    The Ministry of Defence will provide 40 defence medics and 160 general duty personnel for the next three weeks.

    Hospitals in London have been hit hard by staff absences, with thousands off sick or isolating as the Omicron variant surged through the capital.”

    It also says..

    ” Across the UK, about 1,800 armed forces personnel are supporting the NHS response to the pandemic.”

    Scrolling on we get to…

    “About 1,800 regulars and reservists from the Army, Navy and the RAF are supporting the NHS response to the pandemic in the UK.

    More than 400 military paramedics are assisting ambulance trusts, with 313 in the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust and 96 in the Scottish Ambulance Service.

    And more than another 1,000 are working on the vaccine booster programme, with 730 in England, 221 in Scotland and 98 in Wales.”

    So, with regard to Scotland, there are 317 regulars and reservists assisting NHS Scotland with vaccinations and the transportation of patients.

    I think, since it is omitted, the BBC mean there are no defence medics helping out in NHS Scotland.

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