Though a long-serving health correspondent, the Herald’s Helen McArdle makes some basic errors or maybe she’s trying to fool us?
RECORD numbers of patients spent more than eight hours in A&E departments in the latest week, in what has been described as a “deadly portent of the coming winter”.
Clinicians warned of “very real” harm coming to patients and staff as a result of the deteriorating situation, as separate data published today reveals spiralling mental health-related absences among emergency workers, including ambulance staff and A&E medics.
The latest figures on A&E performance shows that a record 3,553 people spent over eight hours waiting to be seen, treated and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged in the week ending October 9.
The roughly 13% of patients who wait over 8 hours or the 5% who wait over 12, have first been triaged, often within minutes, to ensure they are not at serious, life-threatening risk, so that those who are, can be treated quickly. It’s simple. The ‘clinicians’ above know this but have an agenda.
The main cause of A&E logjams are a lack of available beds in hospital, due to factors such as delayed discharge and staff shortages.
Scotland has a significantly higher supply of beds, nurses and doctors than other parts of the UK and their media are not telling this story. Staffing is at a record level. It’s a scare. It’s political.