In the Guardian:
‘Tens of thousands of patients are having their surgery cancelled and hospitals are setting up makeshift wards in an unprecedented move by NHS [England] bosses to avoid the service going into meltdown this winter…..Hospitals have been ordered to postpone non-urgent operations until mid-January and convert clinics and day-case facilities into overflow areas so they can admit more patients, because of what NHS England warned was an impending winter-induced “surge” in demand.’
It’s not clear what tens of thousands means but let’s be generous and say 30 000 over the 20 days to mid-January? That would be 1 500 per day. I’ve searched for various combinations of the words ‘NHS Scotland cancelled operations crisis’ over the last seven days and can find nothing. The Unionist media have had much to say about A&E targets but, as usual, have not contextualised them with the English figures nor with the report from Grampian that 39% of those attending during the cold snap at the beginning of the month resulted from falls on ice. It was icy in Ayr, on the Scottish Riviera, so I suspect the Grampian figures were not unique and should have been used to explain them. The only ice on Reporting Scotland would have been in the faces and voices of the presenters, I’m guessing.