From senior editorial guy and specialist in Nicolaphobia, Tom Gordon, perhaps filling in for striking juniors, a task below his usual remit – the one week, statistically meaningless, A&E figures for NHS Scotland:
A RECORD number of patients waited too long in Scotland’s A&E units last week, as performance levels fell back to close to their worst ever level. Official figures from Public Health Scotland showed 9,146 people waited more than the four-hour target in emergency departments in the week to August 14.https://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/20713169.new-record-people-waiting-long-scotlands-e-units/
Struggling for a story as he doesn’t find the lowest percentage seen in 4 hours 65.1% (64.8% and 65% recently), Tom goes for the total number which, of course, is also statistically much less meaningful than a percentage, even a one-week one of only 2.8%.
He ignores, of course, the very meaningful fact for performance, that attendance had gone up by a whopping 1 482 or 6%, from 24 731 to 26 213, in one week, thus making for a very different assessment of the performance last week.
Source, not provided by Tom: 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-14-august-2022/
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 July 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% in July and 63.3% last week. Independence City Dundee in Tayside did 83.8% last week and 90.3% in the previous week. They are commonly at above 90%. You never hear that figure do you?