Reported on 13 September 2022:
Attendances at Scotland’s A&E departments in the week-ending 4 September 2002, increased from 26 555 to 27 016.
In the same time, performance improved from 66.1% seen in 4 hours to 67.7%.
BBC Scotland did not report this but the Herald’s Tom Gordon did. He did!
Then he wrote:
The Royal College of Emergency Medicine has warned long delays are harming or killing more than 30 patients a week.
A key factor is a lack of social care places leading to the delayed discharge of patients medically fit enough to leave hospital.
This creates an overall shortage of beds, making it harder to advance patients through A&E.https://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/21374611.improvements-e-waiting-times-scotland/
None of this is true.
There is no shortage of beds in NHS Scotland with around twice as many per head of population than NHS England: https://www.interweavetextiles.com/how-many-hospital-beds-uk/
There are over 50% more nurses, per head of population in Scotland, to treat the patients: https://www.gov.scot/publications/foi-19-00620/
In September 2022 there were typically only around around 600 in hospital compared to more than 2 000 in March 2022. https://www.travellingtabby.com/scotland-coronavirus-tracker/
There is no correlation between A&E waiting times and deaths as the ambulance prioritising system and the triage system in hospitals ensure that those at risk are cared for extremely quickly. At worst, delays result in longer waiting times only for those cases in which to do so is not life-threatening. The RCEM know this fine well.