Scotland’s media love to pounce on a weekly dip in A&E performance, delighted that it can be used to imply a trend that even they know cannot be shown to be there.
Monthly data are better.
NHS England are fast at one thing; getting the monthly data out. Their November 2022 A&E data was out on December 8 2022. They saw 54.5% in their Type 1 (consultant-led) departments within 4 hours.
12 hours? Sneakily they tell us 37 837 but don’t do the percentage for us. It’s 6.8%.
NHS Scotland data are just out. 67.5% were seen and admitted within 4 hours [24% more in Scotland]. Only 4.3% waited more than 12 hours [58% more in England].
To get images of Scotland’s A&E departments under pressure, I tried various combinations of ‘Scotland A&E crisis pressure’ but could get nothing more dramatic than the above. Change the search to England, and I got this: