NHS Scotland A&E significantly outperforms NHS England A&E in February 2018


NHS England A&E waiting times hit a record high in February with only 76.9% of patients in Type 1 or ‘major’ casualty units being seen within 4 hours.


In NHS Scotland where all A&E departments are equivalent to Type 1, an average of 89.1% of patients were seen within 4 hours.


Another reminder that we don’t want any deal with the USA after a hard Brexit, to allow corporations into our NHS.

Let me know if Reporting Scotland mention this. I won’t be holding my breath.



2 thoughts on “NHS Scotland A&E significantly outperforms NHS England A&E in February 2018

  1. Alasdair Macdonald. March 10, 2018 / 10:39 am

    NHS England hit a record LOW, surely?

    Of course Reporting Scotland will mention this ….. as “NHS Scotland fails AGAIN to reach its target”.

    This ridiculous focus on targets becomes a pointless blame game, which does not actually improve the experience for patients. The purpose of collecting data – and there is a great deal gathered – is not just about giving us an idea of how things are doing, but also to try to indicate in what aspects of the service there are concerns and what the reasons for these might be. With a changing demographic and changing expectations types of treatment etc, ‘health’ is a dynamic, continually changing concept and as a huge organisation the NHS is difficult to change; it has a lot of ‘inertia’, to use a physics analogy, in the literal sense. That is not the common daily meeting of laziness, sloth, complacency, but of the difficulty in making it respond to the need for change. The NHS is very systematic and integrated and responds efficiently to the needs of so many of us. However, as these needs change, how is the system and its integration changed to meet the emerging realities, while still dealing effectively with what are still the needs of the largest number.

    That is the kind of debate we need to be happening. As individuals we need to take responsibility for managing our own health. We have to work in partnership with the health care staff who can only see us intermittently and advise on what we should do – such as taking the drugs they prescribe. We are the ones who are living from second to second with our conditions and so, it is we who have to take responsibility for the management. This entails quite substantial changes in attitudes and attitudes, too, have inertia.

    This is the kind of thing that people like Anas Sarwar and his PR team at the BBC need to address in conjunction with the SG and the other parties in order to develop a better NHS Scotland.

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