This is deeply ironic but I’m grateful to the BBC News website, yesterday, for doing the work for me, on this one
Some of you, not me, will have watched the barely concealed glee as BBC Scotland and other news reporters, announced the fact that only 78% of patients were seen within four hours in the last week of 2017. The freezing weather leading to increases in falls requiring treatment being up by more than 40% in Inverness and a nation-wide doubling of flu cases do, of course, explain what happened but under an SNP administration anything is fair game for the Unionist media.
However, right at the end of a long BBC Scotland News website article, they offer us the contextual information we need to put one bad week in perspective. Here it is:
‘The situation elsewhere in the UK
Last month, BBC analysis of NHS data showed that fewer patients in Scotland were waiting longer than four hours in A&E than they did in 2012/3 in contrast to England where the number had more than doubled.
It found England had a 155% rise in long waits between 2012/3 and this year, up to 2.5 million a year.
Hospitals in Wales and Northern Ireland also saw an increase over the period.
In Scotland, the number of patients waiting more than four hours fell by 9% to just over 100 000.’
Over the whole of 2017, there were 100 000 waits over 4 hours in Scotland (5.3 million population) and 2 500 000 in England (53 million population). This suggests you were two and a half times as likely to do so in England.
Meanwhile, from the Head of Scottish News, or whatever, the propaganda and/or stupidity persists with this: