The Nuffield Trust have released an update, on 28th January, on the percentage of patients waiting more than four hours in A&E. The graph above looks frankly frightening with regard to the situation in Tory England, Labour Wales and DUP Northern Ireland. It’s clear that NHS Scotland has managed to stay very near the demanding 5% maximum target requiring more than 4 hours other than in the winters of 2012/13 and 2014/15.
During the period 2012 to mid-2015, NHS England’s A&E departments performed slightly better than those in Scotland. That might be expected given the greater severity of Scottish winters. However, since then, NHS England’s A&E departments have performed less-well and this winter have begun to soar away from the Scottish performance by more than 10%. This is, of course, the period of unconstrained Tory government in the UK. These figures only go so far as end December 2017 and given the apparent trend may have worsened in January 2018. There’s no sign of these even on 31st January 2018. NHS Scotland’s figures for January have returned to 86% being treated within the 4 hours.
I haven’t said much about Wales or Northern Ireland. The graph says it all.
Footnote: Does the Nuffield Trust have a political agenda? Why did they tweet this? If you look under the tweet, several respondents suggest we won’t see this graph on BBC Scotland news!