In Midwinter, week-ending 9th January 2022, NHS Scotland’s A&E department’s saw 67.4% of attendances in 4 hours, down from 71.6% in the previous week.
It is a sign of pressure on the service but it’s important always to put these figures in perspective.
A direct comparison with other UK services is not possible for the above week because NHS England and Wales only report monthly and Northern Ireland reports quarterly.
So, in December 2021, NHS England saw 61.2% in 4 hours. NHS Scotland saw 73.52%.
In Wales, 67.63% were seen in 4 hours in November 2021. No more recent data are yet available
Northern Ireland’s health boards only report on A&E waiting times quarterly. They haven’t reported on October to December yet but in July to September 2021, they only managed 54.4% in 4 hours. The winter performance does not bear thinking about.
NHS Scotland is streets quicker.