Are there fewer crime assaults against NHS Scotland staff because they’re more effective and better staffed?

In the Guardian yesterday:

In the latest available annual NHS staff survey, from last year, 14.5% of staff said they had experienced physical violence from patients, their relatives or the public. But the trade union, Unison, believes many incidents are going unreported. Its research with the Health Service Journal, based on freedom of information requests from all NHS trusts in England in 2016-17, found physical assaults on NHS hospital staff had risen 9.7% since 2015-16. The figures suggested that, on average, there were just over 200 reported violent attacks on NHS workers every day.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/sep/04/violence-nhs-staff-face-routine-assault-intimidation?CMP=share_btn_link

The situation in NHS Scotland is significantly different:

Convictions for violence and/or aggression toward NHS Scotland staff have fallen from 301 in 2008/9 to 190 in 2017/18, a fall of 37% in 9 years. NHS Scotland has 160 000 staff, so convictions are at 0.11875%.

Click to access WA20190726.pdf

There has been a particularly welcomed and dramatic fall, 35% in only 5 years, in attacks on emergency workers, again in line with overall crime reduction in Scotland after more than a decade of SNP-rule. See:

Why? Perceptions of inequality are strongly associated with problems such as violent crime. Has the SG government, within the UK straight-jacket, had some effect on reducing a commonly shared sense of inequality? See this for more:

Click to access SpiritLevel-jpg_0.pdf

More likely? NHS Scotland is just more effective with fewer delays and more staff. That must surely mean fewer situations where perhaps some scared patient tries the only thing they know to get attention?

Support for independence too close to call averaging 50% WITHOUT 16/17-year-olds in three polls now

The Lord Ashcroft poll on 30 July – 2 August 2019 put support for independence at 52%.

Two YouGov polls in April 2019 and yesterday both put support at 49%.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/04549dc4-ce9a-11e9-bac7-3a108794927b

These three, averaging at exactly 50%, coming after YouGov polls in 2017 and 2018 consistently putting support at 44% and without predominantly independence supporting 16 and 17 year-olds, suggest a real trend and one that puts the Union in serious jeopardy.

Scotsman journalism in crisis as NHS vacancies are distorted and presented out of context

I know, I’m repeating myself but the above witless headline is causing angry reflux so, for the second time today:

Vacancies are normal. The question is, is the system strong enough to cope with them? See:

SHOCK Scotland has far more staff including consultants and GPs per head of population

As Tory-run NHS England loses staff in record numbers, SNP-run NHS Scotland is in surplus for sixth year in a row

NHS Scotland has many fewer operations cancelled due to staffing or resources capacity

New fun for researcher as qualified doctor staffing is up almost 20% under SNP!

Already better-staffed NHS Scotland doctor training meeting recruitment targets

As NHS England is pulled into ethnic nationalist self-destruction why there is no Scottish crisis in nurse staffing

Scotland’s nursing and midwifery staffing and student recruitment are Miles better!

10% of the population yet 13.2% of the paediatricians: why the health of Scotland’s children is NOT being put at risk by staff shortages 

Scotland has 10% of the population but 17% of the health visitors and fewer post-natal deaths after SNP government increases staffing by 25%

Stunning 91% achievement by NHS Scotland A&E, 12% better than NHS England

Despite attendances climbing by 16% from February 2019, NHS Scotland Accident and Emergency departments have maintained performance at 91.2% seen within 4 hours throughout July 2019.

https://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Emergency-Care/Publications/2019-09-03/Summary/index.asp

In NHS England, type 1 departments (comparable to NHS Scotland units) only 78.9% were seen within the target time of 4 hours.

https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/ae-waiting-times-and-activity/ae-attendances-and-emergency-admissions-2019-20/

Scottish Tories get their own barnet formula as Carlaw gets flushed

Acting-it Tory Leader Jackson Carlaw is clearly sensitive about his gammonicity. Yesterday the First Minister innocently said:

“I think it is probably embarrassment that is making his face go a little bit red when he looks at the achievements of this government compared to the achievement of his own party which is so obsessed with Brexit it’s forgotten how to do anything else. “Carlaw responded: “Not my skin tone again. Listen First Minister, at least I’ve got a full head of my own naturally coloured hair.”

So, a bit thin-skinned about his flushing, Carlaw seems happier with his barnet and he has previous in weaponizing it. See this from 2016:

Is this an emerging strategy (from a fringe group) to win votes? Tories have better hair? See:

It’s clearly not a cover-up:

I’ll leave readers to think about the obvious barnet flaw at the very top of the party

NHS Scotland medical vacancies remain modest in context

NHS Scotland yesterday in the Herald and covered doomily on STV and BBC Scotland News, above. In the Express in April on NHS England below:

Vacancies are normal. The question is, is the system strong enough to cope with them? See:

SHOCK Scotland has far more staff including consultants and GPs per head of population

As Tory-run NHS England loses staff in record numbers, SNP-run NHS Scotland is in surplus for sixth year in a row

NHS Scotland has many fewer operations cancelled due to staffing or resources capacity

New fun for researcher as qualified doctor staffing is up almost 20% under SNP!

Already better-staffed NHS Scotland doctor training meeting recruitment targets

As NHS England is pulled into ethnic nationalist self-destruction why there is no Scottish crisis in nurse staffing

Scotland’s nursing and midwifery staffing and student recruitment are Miles better!

10% of the population yet 13.2% of the paediatricians: why the health of Scotland’s children is NOT being put at risk by staff shortages 

Scotland has 10% of the population but 17% of the health visitors and fewer post-natal deaths after SNP government increases staffing by 25%

GP recruitment crisis only in non-Scottish parts of UK

The above crisis does not seem to be transferring to the Scottish media though BBC Scotland did have a go last week fed by the flawed and gloomy pessimism of the Audit Scotland estimates in their report a week ago:

Perhaps they remembered their own report admitting more than a year after we did that Scotland seems to have quite a lot of GPs compared to the non-Scottish parts of the UK:

Anyhow, in case that isn’t enough evidence, see these recent posts here:

Scottish patients have far better access to GPs than those in England

July 12, 2019

BBC Scotland’s fake news on GPs ‘overwhelmed’ by workloads

June 5, 2019

Reporting Scotland all quiet on surgery closures and GP shortages as BBC 1 shoot them in the foot again!

May 31, 2019

SHOCK Scotland has far more staff including consultants and GPs per head of population

April 27, 2019

Lib Dem baloney as FEWER GPs and dentists retire early

April 3, 2019

Scottish Labour seems to know diddley about GP training

Increases in number of children seen by mental health services within target time in 2019

(c) https://www.mackayhannah.com

In the three months ending June 2019, 69.7% were seen within the target time of 18 weeks, up from 67.5% in the previous year at the same time.

In the previous quarter ending March 2019, 73.6% were seen within the target time also up from the equivalent period in 2018 when 72.8% were seen within the 18-week target time.

The same pattern of improvement be seen in the quarter ending December 2018 with 72.8% seen up from 71.1% in 2017.

Click to access 2019-09-03-CAMHS-WaitingTimes-Summary.pdf

Variation within the year is of course less useful than that over a longer period.

Lord McConnell’s brass neck in accusing the Scottish Government of ‘taking it’s foot off the pedal’ on sectarian violence

Clearly choosing to forget what his party have done (above) and speaking to the BBC yesterday:

Former first minister Jack McConnell has called for more to be done to combat the “cancer” of sectarianism in Scotland. Lord McConnell accused the Scottish government of “taking its food off the pedal” in tackling the problem. He told Good Morning Scotland: “Part of the problem that we are seeing in football grounds and on the streets with increasing sectarian behaviour and incidents is that there hasn’t been strong national leadership.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-49549266

He clearly chooses to forget the part Scottish Labour and all the other opposition parties have played in this debacle:

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