Number waiting over 4 hours in Scotland’s A&E departments slashed by 61% even in mid-winter

I’m saying nothing

In the week-ending 22 January 2023, 6 435 patients waited more than 4 hours, down 61% from 10 901 in week-ending January 1.

The Herald? ‘A&E waiting times improve but thousands still waiting hours to be seen’. Steady, breathe, breathe, you’ll be fine in minute.


2 thoughts on “Number waiting over 4 hours in Scotland’s A&E departments slashed by 61% even in mid-winter

  1. Yesterday the BBC News website had this headline: ‘NHS plan: £1bn for hospital beds and ambulance fleet’. Beneath we learned what the Westminster government is now promising:

    ‘It has set goals that by March 2024: 76% of A&E patients will be dealt with in four hours. Currently fewer than 70% are. The official target is 95%.’

    Now given that the same article indicates that the most recent statistic for this performance metric has been c. 65% or better when the ACTUAL figure for the major (Type 1) emergency departments was JUST 49% in December 2022 (‘England’s great hidden statistic’!), it is likely that the promised 76% will be based on ALL and not just the major emergency departments in England. (76% – isn’t the precision impressive?)

    So for perspective: 76% by March 2024 – over a year away – in England; NHS Scotland, during a week in bleak January 2023, for its MAJOR (Type 1 equivalent) departments is already achieving 70.1%!

    The BBC News website displays today’s ‘good news’ on A&E waits in Scotland in a ‘noteworthy’ manner:

    – on the main Scotland page after just two hours the summary, with its link to the full article, is to be found three row down i.e. it’s not prominently displayed even though this topic has been front and centre of BBC Scotland’s news coverage for months – when it suited the BBC to make it so!

    – this news story is nowhere to be seen on the main politics page for Scotland: (i) even though previous articles on A&E waits have typically appeared prominently in the politics section; and (ii) even through a much older article about NHS Scotland – ‘Five big problems the NHS in Scotland needs to fix’ – still appears on the main politics page.

    I note in the same article, presumably to undermine the significance of the Scotland-wide statistic, the BBC journalist adds: ‘However, two hospitals treated FEWER THAN HALF of A&E patients within the four hour target.’ (my emphasis)

    For perspective, in December 2022 FEWER THAN HALF OF NHS England’s Type 1 attendances met the 4 hour standard but the BBC was SILENT on this!

    And why did the BBC decide NOT to inform us that in NHS Tayside 91.6% of patients – yes, a surely exemplary 91.6% – attending its major A&E departments were treated within the 4 hour standard during the most recent week? Has BBC Scotland ever referred to the consistently high level of performance in Tayside’s A&E departments and then sought to answer the obvious question, why?

    Will the BBC’s Mr Triggle now be naming the worst performing NHS Trusts and hospitals in England every month in addition to quoting the (problematic) national figure – just for perspective you know?

    The black art of BBC news management before our eyes – again! The blatant is now their norm!

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  2. I once had a boss and, no matter how colleagues did, even when they went ‘above and beyond …’ she resolutely refused to give praise or commendation. When someone pointed out how well a colleague had done, her response was “That is what he is being paid for”.

    But the smallest infraction immediately drew comment. On one occasion, I took off my jacket and rolled up my sleeves, which was sensible with regard to the particular task I was doing. I was summoned to her office to be informed that there are “professional standards of dress”. She followed this up with a memo to all male staff that she expected them to wear their jackets AT ALL TIMES.

    The following day all the male staff reported for work in their shirtsleeves. She also received a call from head office saying that there was no contractual requirement to work wearing jackets.


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