Regulars will have seen my regular alerts contrasting NHS Scotland A&E performance on the 4 hours target with that of NHS England but the above report drew my attention to something even worse:
The sickest patients are facing long waits for a bed when they are admitted to hospital in England, NHS data shows.
A third of the A&E patients – 122,000 in total – who were ill enough to need treatment on a ward waited over four hours in January – a record high.
Some 16,500 of them waited over 12 hours – many either stuck on trolleys in corridors or in A&E bays because wards were full.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-60334081
Concentrating on the 4 hour target, I’ve ignored what the ‘over four hours’ and ‘over 12 hours’ data tell us.
So, one third or 33% in England wait more than 4 hours. In Scotland in December 2021, it was only 6.9%, a huge variation.
‘One in 20’, 5%, wait more than 12 hours, in England. In Scotland it’s 1.6%.
These are sharp differences in performance yet UK MSM and the Labour Party have nothing to say.