In June 2017, Scottish A&E departments exceeded the 95% target, seeing 95.5% of patients within the 4-hour target. In July, it was 95.3%.
Direct comparisons with England are not straightforward but regardless, suggest significantly inferior performance during this period of Tory administration. In England A&E results are split into two types:
Type 1: Emergency departments are a Consultant-led 24-hour service with full resuscitation facilities and designated accommodation for the reception of accident and emergency patients.
Type 2: Consultant-led mono specialty accident and emergency service (e.g. ophthalmology, dental) with designated accommodation for the reception of patients.
Now the figures for June and July were:
Type 1: 86.1% 85.5%
All 90.7% 90.3%
Now, I feel sure all Scottish A&E departments recorded for the statistics are pretty much the same as Type 1 in England, with full resuscitation facilities, and that Type 2 is not really A&E in our terms. Surely the word ‘emergency’ implies full resuscitation will be available? The inclusion of Type 2 data serves only to improve the appearance of the overall figures. So, the Scottish system is probably performing a staggering 10% better than the English one.
I look forward to Ruth Davidson congratulating the SNP administration on their good management of NHS Scotland.
Do correct me if I have misunderstood anything here.