From the Herald’s ‘Health’ Correspondent:
THEY are only 60 miles apart and see roughly the same number of patients every week – but on A&E performance, Ninewells hospital in Dundee and Forth Valley Royal in Larbert are worlds apart.https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/23101988.tayside-forth-valley-truth-behind-e-stats/
Ninewells has been the best-performing of the larger A&E departments in Scotland for years now but never gets a mention. At last, they think, we can mention it but just to show how bad another A&E department is under the heading ‘startling disparities.’.
Here are the facts:
In September 2022, NHS Scotland’s A&E departments saw 69& of patients within 4 hours. The figure in England was 56.9%. NHS Scotland was 21.3% better.
In the same period, Ninewells saw 85.7% and Forth Valley Royal only saw 42.3%.
8 English A&E departments did less well than Forth Valley Royal. Barking, Havering And Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust only managed 31.8% on average so one of their hospitals might have been even worse. Forth Valley thus did 33% better.
I’m by no means suggesting that the Forth Valley figures are acceptable but try finding, in London, opposition MPs or national newspapers reporting on the 31.8% shock, or their ‘startling disparities.’.