NHS Scotland’s Accident and Emergency Departments continue to outperform

12135 itok=JAhhezmh

© Holyrood.com

You might remember this from January 2016:

‘Scotland’s A&E the best in world – Sturgeon hits back on health record’ (The National 29th January 2016)

The article by Kathleen Nutt went on to say:

‘NICOLA Sturgeon yesterday cited comments from a leading medical college [Royal College of Emergency Medicine] saying the UK “has the best performing accident and emergency services in the world” and that Scotland “has the best performing A&E services in the United Kingdom” as she brushed off an attack from Kezia Dugdale on the state of the NHS north of the Border.’

In October 2015, 94.7% of patients in Scottish A&E departments were seen within four hours. In England, it was 92.3% so not really a very big difference. The year before, in October 2014, Scotland’s performance had been 1.9% behind England. In October 2016, after another year of Tory rule over NHS England and, of course one more year of SNP rule over NHS Scotland, these were the figures:

Table 1: Percentage of patients spending less than 4 hours in A&E 2015–16

England            87.9%

Wales                77.7%

Scotland           93.3%

N Ireland         71.7%

The above table is from page 6 of:

House of Commons Health Committee Winter pressure in accident and emergency departments at:

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201617/cmselect/cmhealth/277/277.pdf utm_source=277&utm_campaign=modulereports&utm_medium=module

So, what about 2017, how are we doing? Looking at the first quarter of 2017, 87.6% of English A&E patients were seen within 4 hours.


In Scotland, the figures were published monthly but all three months were notably better than the English figures:

93.8% of patients were seen and either admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours during the month [March]. The number compares with 92.5% in February and 91.8% in January.’


So, perhaps still the best A&E service in the world? Does the manifesto mention this?


8 thoughts on “NHS Scotland’s Accident and Emergency Departments continue to outperform

  1. Clydebuilt May 31, 2017 / 11:59 am

    Great post John…….. The more people who see this, the more Scottish voters will realise the SNP are getting on with the day job.

    Get sharing!


  2. BSA May 31, 2017 / 6:05 pm

    Off topic, but you might take a look at Roseanna Cunningham’s report out today on the criminal destruction of eagles on grouse moors and the comprehensive proposals to tackle that, including an investigation of the wider economic and environmental role of big shooting estates. Scotland is far ahead of the rest of the UK in dealing with one of the UK’s biggest environmental scandals.


  3. Finnmacollie May 31, 2017 / 6:32 pm

    Searched the ever reliable BBC North British website for any mention of this, fully expecting the SG to get SLAMMED for missing the 95% target, but no mention at all. The only NHS mention I saw was Brian Taylor’s blog quoting Nicola Sturgeon at the SNP manifesto launch stating that they had increased the SNHS budget. Taylor had seen fit, obviously in the interest of balance, to put in brackets that there was some doubt about this.

    The Ministry of Ruth is also re-tweeting a Times article claiming that patients in Scotland having to wait 12 weeks (didn’t say what for!) have risen by 500%.

    No prizes for guessing which story will be headlined tomorrow and will feature in FMQ’s.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s