This is clearly part of an SNP strategy to make sure Scots can stand up, relatively pain-free, to Westminster exploitation.
I know, one of the lines is going up the way! Be patient (sic….no, not sick!).
This graph shows how those having hip or knee replacements have become less and less likely to experience complications, in the 10 years of SNP-led NHS Scotland. I’ll explain the apparently worrying purple one below.
From the ISD report in August 2018:
- Over the last decade there has been a 50% increase in the number of hip or knee replacements performed in Scotland, from 12,493 in 2008 to 14,300 in 2017.
- The percentage of patients readmitted due to a deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism (DVT/PE) within 90 days of surgery continues to fall from 2.08% in 2000 to 0.77% in 2017.
- The percentage of patients experiencing temporary kidney failure has risen over recent years from 0.29% in 2000 to 2.21% in 2017.
- 32 patients (0.22%) who had a hip or knee replacement in 2017 died within 90 days of their operation, which is similar to the mortality rate within the general population.
The one area of concern, increasing incidence of temporary kidney failure is not addressed in the report but may be explained by increased numbers of older patients and those with pre-existing kidney problems being treated. See: