Scrutiny: Significant improvement in emergency waiting times despite increased demand

Sturgeon’s local hospitals are nearly twice as good as mine? I’ll be scrutinising how they can afford that!

In the week ending 7 August 2022, demand at Scotland’s A&E departments climbed from 24 699 to 24 731.

Despite that 67.9% were seen in 4 hours, up from 66.3% and 65% in the previous two weeks.

Those waiting over 8 hours fell from 2 798 to 2 541 and those waiting over 12 hours fell from 1 040 to 916.

Only Scotland publishes weekly figures but in July, the figure was only 57%. For the local health trusts in the constituencies of Boris Johnson, Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak, the figures were positively ‘third world’ at 47.5%, 39.3% and 45.8% (Darlington is nearest). Local MPs have a duty to constituents to do something about this. Sturgeon’s local hospitals in Glasgow did 68.8%.

Sources:

https://www.publichealthscotland.scot/publications/nhs-performs-weekly-update-of-emergency-department-activity-and-waiting-time-statistics/nhs-performs-weekly-update-of-emergency-department-activity-and-waiting-time-statistics-week-ending-7-august-2022/

https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/ae-waiting-times-and-activity/

https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/ae-waiting-times-and-activity/ae-attendances-and-emergency-admissions-2022-23/

9 thoughts on “Scrutiny: Significant improvement in emergency waiting times despite increased demand

  1. Me again have you seen this one.

    https://www.thelondoneconomic.com/politics/levelling-downstream-tories-float-idea-of-great-boris-canal-to-ship-water-from-north-to-the-south-332356/

    I liked this paragraph not.

    The water would be shipped from the south of Scotland as well as the north of Wales as these areas receive significantly more rainfall than parts of England, “to create a giant ‘natural water grid’ across the UK”.

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    1. No wonder they are trying to undermine devolution. Scottish and Welsh resources simply to be used to prop up a failing England. And Labour seem no better with Angela Rayner’s recent statement that she wouldn’t countenance Scottish independence as it would mean England would be forever Tory. Amongst other things what a way to try and promote your party to Scots – “…we can’t convince our fellow English voters to vote Labour but you all should anyway…” – they must think we all button up the back.

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    2. ‘Natural water grid’, what next! The reason England has no water is also because they sold it off to profiteers who don’t give a dicky bird whether the system is kept functioning to actually provide clean drinking water to the people of England.

      We cannot allow them to take Scotland’s water, they will drain our lochs and reservoirs as much as poss and actually will try selling it to countries that literally now have no water in the middle east and even in parts of Europe. Scotland’s water needs to stay in Scotland…it’s the new oil and it’s very scary what rogue governments/regimes will do to take it.

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    3. Currently the south is suffering more from the drought than other parts of Scotland.

      This is the same grandiose sounding nonsense as the Boris Bridge, dreamed up to impress the thick as mince who swallow it whole to regurgitate as diversion.

      England has a major water shortage because they privatised the industry 30 years ago and the chickens have come home to roost with 141 Litres/Head/Day leaking out the pipes – That’s near 8 MILLION Cubic Metres of treated water leaking away every and every single day…

      Oh look, a canal…

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  2. Truss is hot on ”scrutiny ” at the moment . Unfortunately it does not translate into scrutiny of her own ”achievements ” in Office .
    But then she spends so much time attempting to improve the standing of British Cheese that trivial issues like A&E waiting times are a distraction .

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  3. The Tories want to scrutinise the “Territories” but want the BEEB to keep quiet about England’s performance.

    As News at One had “neutral” James Cook spout–
    “Ruth Wishart, a supporter of independence”.

    “Alex Massie–of the Times, you know”.—
    —–But also, unsaid, a British nationalist.

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  4. And from Tom Gordon of the Herald, we have ..

    “WAITING time performance across Scotland’s A&E units has improved slightly for a second week although almost a third of patients still wait too long to be treated.”

    You can imagine the glee and happiness that came over Tom as he wrote that 🙂

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    1. Mr Gordon is, probably wilfully, misusing statistics. The fact that a fair proportion of patients have to remain for more than four hours in A&E before discharge is due to good clinical practice. On two occasions in the past six years, I had to spend longer than four hours before being discharged. I had been triaged within 5 minutes of arrival and treatment begun within 30 minutes. The reason I had attended was due to bleeding which proved difficult to stop because I had been prescribed blood thinning medication for another condition. The treatments quickly reduced the rate of bleeding, but because of my age and another condition I had to wait until they were sure it had stopped. This was explained to me and so, I was not annoyed that my discharge was longer than four hours.

      I had not had “to wait too long to be treated”.

      The triage system ensures that those in the most critical conditions begin treatment quickly and are usually discharged fairly soon into the hospital system.

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  5. O/T I continue to be irritated by the coverage of the SQA exam results for Scotland’s schools. Recall the Scottish Tory Party’s education spokesperson, Oliver Mundell: ‘Education spokesman Oliver Mundell said the widening attainment gap was a “badge of shame” for the first minister.’ (BBC News website) Of course the Tories are comparing statistics for 2022 with 2021.

    What is notable is that it was Mr Mundell who demanded that ‘normal’ examinations be re-introduced in 2022: “The SNP must guarantee that every pupil will be able to sit their exams this year as planned.,’ adding “We must get back to the strong exam system that ranked among the best in the world before the SNP came to power.” Did the Tories really expect to shift from teacher-assessed to exam-assessed grades without consequence?

    Source https://www.scottishconservatives.com/news/snp-must-guarantee-exams/

    However, the negatively-framed coverage of the SQA results extended (disappointingly) to the specialist Times Educational Supplement (TES) Scotland. From its article (published 9 August): ‘The attainment gap, meanwhile, widened at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher when compared to 2020 and 2021. At Higher, for instance, the attainment gap between those students living in the most and least deprived areas is 15 percentage points in 2022, as compared to 7.8 percentage points last year and 6.6 percentage points in 2020.

    See https://www.tes.com/magazine/news/secondary/sqa-exam-results-day-2022-what-weve-learned

    The implication here is clear: don’t be concerned about spurious statistical comparisons, the attainment gap has widened! It’s hardly countered by this limp add on: ‘In 2019, the attainment gap at Higher was 16.9 percentage points.’ Even here the proper comparison with 2022 is not drawn directly in the text! The Tes article goes on to amplify the spurious: ‘However, opposition politicians have criticised the government for presiding over larger attainment gaps than those recorded in 2020 and 2021.’

    But then statistical significance may not be Tes’ strong point! It gives readers this insight’: ‘One secondary teacher messaged Tes Scotland to say they were “devastated” by their students’ Higher results. The teacher said: ”Our higher results are much lower than predicted. We had a robust moderation model. Pupils performing at A throughout the year are getting a D. I work in a deprived area. Is this happening across the board? I’m devastated’.

    Who needs more that one individual’s assertion in order to cast doubt on a whole, complex national system of exam setting, exam taking, exam marking, exam grading and subsequent appeals? Tabloid journalists don’t need a decent evidence base ….. but Tes Scotland?

    So given all the negative-framing and spurious year-on-year comparisons, it’s all the more notable to discover a statement (9 August) from Universities Scotland. Did anyone see its positively-framed press release being picked up by mainstream media outlets in Scotland or acknowledged by opposition politicians?

    ‘2,110 young people from the 20 % most deprived areas of Scotland (SIMD20) have accepted a place to go to university in 2022, AN INCREASE OF 25% FROM 2019 (at the same point in the cycle. Young is defined as 19 years of age and under).

    ‘Commenting on the SQA results day and the pattern of demand for university, Director of Universities Scotland, Alastair Sim said: “It’s pleasing to see a record number of Scottish students gaining a place at their chosen university.

    “It is especially welcome to see our COMMITMENT TO WIDENING ACCESS COMING TO FRUITION. We know the pandemic was more challenging for those with the least resources, so to see a 25% rise in the number of young Scots from disadvantaged backgrounds getting into university since pre-pandemic times. The increase in pass rates at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher and THE GAP IN ATTAINMENT BEING REDUCED IS WELCOME PROGRESS that will be essential if universities are to continue to meet their targets on widening access.’

    The coverage of this one issue exemplifies much of what is problematic about Scotland’s polity today. It would be very different with better balanced news media outlets – more objective and analytical; more consistently challenging of all politicians; favouring the provision of context and perspective; less prone to bias by omission – and as a consequence, a polity with a better informed electorate. No chance of change ’til after independence!

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