In the space of only five years demand for NHS services has increased enormously. Look at these percentage increases in the table below to get an idea of the scale.
Despite this, NHS Scotland has consistently hit or come very close to hitting some of the most demanding targets in the Western world. See this:
There isn’t a comparable table for NHS England and Wales, but I feel sure the gaps are greater in almost every case. We do know that in the first quarter of 2017, 87.6% of English A&E patients were seen within 4 hours while in Scotland, 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.
This month’s Audit Scotland report on NHS Scotland also has much to report that is good but, of course our Unionist MSM have scurried around rotten-cherry-picked anything negative they can find.
Here are the main findings (page 23):
Analysis of a range of measures indicates there were no significant weaknesses in the overall quality of care being provided by the NHS in 2016/17. Positive examples include the following:
- Inpatient satisfaction is at an all-time high. Ninety per cent of patients rated their care and treatment as good or excellent in 2016.
- Patient safety indicators continued to improve: between 2007 and 2016, there was a reduction in the hospital standardised mortality ratio of 16.5 per cent, and a 21 per cent reduction in 30-day mortality due to sepsis.
- The Nuffield Trust’s 2017 report, ‘Learning from Scotland’s NHS’ found there was a strong culture of continuous improvement in the NHS in Scotland
The report also states (p5):
‘Levels of overall patient satisfaction continue to be high and the Scottish public hold the NHS in high regard. There are also early signs that changes in the way services are planned and delivered are beginning to have a positive impact. For example, delayed discharges
have reduced in a number of areas and this provides opportunities for sharing learning across the country.’
Credit for this goes, first, to the staff working in the NHS, but the government of the day gets the blame when things go wrong so they also must share in some of the credit and Audit Scotland do give them some. See this:
‘The Scottish Government has a consistent and long-standing vision of how it wants healthcare to look in the future. For well over a decade, successive Scottish Governments have had a policy of integrating health and care services to improve the health of the population. A healthy population served by a high-quality healthcare system is central to the Scottish Government’s ambition to create ‘a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth’.
I can only imagine how Rodent-like Scotland will have misrepresented these key conclusions in their desperate scurrying around for something rotten to scare the old and infirm.