Published today (10 May) are the latest performance data for A&E waiting times in NHS Scotland. Nothing appearing (yet!) on the BBC News website – no headline, no article. I wonder why?
In the week ending 1 May, 2022 compliance with the 4 hour waiting time target improved to 71.6%. This is the best performance in the past c.3 months and follows steady improvement across recent weeks.
Notably, NHS Tayside which had 1,597 ‘attendances’ in the week attained a 92% performance against the 4 hour target. (Still puzzled why health journalists and opposition politicians don’t press the obvious question: if Tayside can achieve this, why does no other major health board covering a large centre of population even come close?)
Across the whole of NHS Scotland, the number of patients waiting over 4, 8 or 12 hours is also down.
For relevant context. in this latest weekly report attendances at A&E reached 25,692. This number has climbed steeply and near consistently from 18,946 in the week to 26 December 2021. This increasing demand coupled with the improvements in waiting times merits favourable mention by a media outlet such as BBC Scotland which has devoted so much effort to negative reporting about NHS Scotland for so long.
For perspective, in the latest performance data for equivalent A&E departments in NHS England (for month of March 2022), just 58.6 % of ‘attendances’ complied with the 4 hour waiting time target. This was the lowest performance since the collection of waiting time data began.