Scottish hospitals continue improvements in hip and knee replacement, despite 14.5% increase in demand, to meet SNP target for standing up to Westminster

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:



14 thoughts on “Scottish hospitals continue improvements in hip and knee replacement, despite 14.5% increase in demand, to meet SNP target for standing up to Westminster

  1. Ludo Thierry August 24, 2018 / 4:35 pm

    Hi John – A curious news day I think it is fair to say? – Thanks for keeping us focussed on the important rather than the ‘story’ that the elite want to divert us all onto.

    Hope I’m not going off topic if I add a few snippets on the theme (which you have undertaken here) of the ongoing story of improved public services in Scotland under the guardianship of a Scottish-focussed SNP Govt?:

    See edit below from beeb Scotland site re. the planning of a Scottish Public Sector bid for the Scottish Rail Franchise:

    Public sector bodies will be able to bid for the next ScotRail franchise, Scottish ministers have confirmed.

    Bidders which are wholly owned by the Scottish government could compete with private firms to run the train service.

    The parent company of ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne appears likely to be among those bidding for the next contract which begins in 2025.

    Transport Scotland said David MacBrayne Limited has confirmed its interest in exploring the possibility of a bid.

    It comes after the Scottish Parliament was given the power to allow public sector bids for rail franchises under the Scotland Act 2016.

    The SNP made clear its plans to use the new powers in its election manifesto in the same year.

    David MacBrayne Limited is the parent company of CalMac Ferries, Argyll Ferries and harbour operator Solent Gateway.
    It is a publicly-owned private company and its sole shareholder is the Scottish government.

    Transport Scotland said future rail franchise competitions would be “fair and transparent”, giving equal treatment to all bidders.

    Yet another Election Manifesto promise being delivered. That’s why the people of Scotland trust the SNP to work hard in their interests.

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  2. Ludo Thierry August 24, 2018 / 4:39 pm

    Another bit of good work by the SNP Scottish Govt carried on beeb Scotland website regarding the next step Period Poverty Programme: see edit below:

    Every school, college and university in Scotland is to provide free sanitary products under a new £5.2m Scottish government scheme.
    The launch of the scheme coincides with the start of the new academic year.

    It follows a pilot programme in Aberdeen, while funding has also allowed free availability in some areas to women on low incomes.

    The government said the funding aimed to help “banish the scourge of period poverty” among pupils and students.

    A recent survey of more than 2,000 people by Young Scot found that about one in four respondents at school, college or university in Scotland had struggled to access sanitary products.

    The Scottish government worked on the new scheme with bodies including the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (Cosla), Colleges Scotland, Universities Scotland and the Scottish Funding Council.

    Good Government In Action In Scotland.

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  3. Ludo Thierry August 24, 2018 / 4:48 pm

    Meanwhile Labour continue to speak with forked tongue – see snippet below regarding Corbyn and Dick Leonard being unable to even competently co-ordinate their lies to the Scottish people about ‘devolving’ greater powers on Asylum Policy to the Scottish Parliament and Government:

    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said he could back the partial devolution of asylum powers to the Scottish Parliament, The Guardian reports.

    Mr Corbyn said: “I’m open to the idea that we would look very carefully at the administration of the housing issues, the support issues, the education issues.

    However, Mr Corbyn and his Scottish counterpart Richard Leonard ruled out the full devolution of asylum and immigration, as backed by the SNP.

    Mr Leonard suggested that the Scottish Parliament could have some control over employment law for asylum seekers in order to address regional labour shortages…. “But, as things stand, Labour as a party is not in favour of the devolution of immigration policy.”

    Labour = Lies To The Scottish People.

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  4. Ludo Thierry August 24, 2018 / 5:06 pm

    Good news about the new Sunday National. Even better news that Richard Walker (journalist of this parish) has returned from partial retirement to accept the post of editor of the new paper. It was Richard Walker who persuaded Newsquest that the Sunday Herald should reflect the Indy minded readers in Scotland back in 2014. Sadly – following his retiral from the frontline the Sunday Herald was subject to backsliding into its previous routine MSM position. It was Richard Walker who persuaded Newsquest of the case for an Indy-minded daily paper – and so emerged the National.

    So – no particular sadness at seeing the Sunday Herald be allowed to fold and re-emerge as the Herald on Sunday – at least indy-minded readers won’t be torn about buying the new paper on the odd chance that it might have an article giving the Indy movement a fair shout.

    The amusing line in the beeb Scotland site article was this – ‘Despite seeing a brief circulation boost after backing independence during the Scottish referendum, the Sunday Herald has seen a recent sales slump. It is understood the new paper will remain politically neutral.’

    (Erm – REMAIN politically neutral???? – This is the MSM we’re talking about here isn’t it?- Well, let’s hope they hold to their word – but I ain’t hau’ding ma breath).

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  5. Ludo Thierry August 24, 2018 / 5:13 pm

    Interesting moves afoot re. Buccleuch Estates – I can only imagine the mega-wealthy aristo in charge is taking advice and ‘hedging’ against a continuing push for land reform – with an accelerated process to be anticipated once Indy is achieved. These guys ain’t daft and think in the very long term. That’s how they keep wrong-footing the rest of us and hanging onto their ill-gotten gains for over a thousand years. as I say – interesting developments. See snippet from beeb Scotland site:

    One of Scotland’s biggest private landowners has announced the merger of operations on two of its estates.

    Buccleuch said that Bowhill and Eskdale & Liddesdale would combine to form the Borders Estate – covering more than 100,000 acres.

    It said that the switch would see “no change” to arrangements with residential and farming tenants.

    It added that the footprint of the estate would be “significantly reduced” as land and farm sales progressed.

    Buccleuch has sold 24 farms totalling 32,000 acres across Scotland in the past 20 years with discussions ongoing with about 40 other tenants.

    Chief executive John Glen said: “The Bowhill and Eskdale & Liddesdale Estates have been operating closely together and it makes sense to create a single estate identity, which is more representative of our operations.

    “The shape and scale of Buccleuch’s landholdings continues to change and in recent years we have been selling land and properties as we reduce our footprint.”

    He said discussions were ongoing with a number of tenant farmers who had expressed an interest in buying their farms.

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  6. Alasdair Macdonald August 24, 2018 / 5:55 pm

    Correction: 14.50% increase in the number of procedures.

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      • Contrary August 24, 2018 / 11:02 pm

        Tsk. It’s accurate to two decimal places then. No zero is ever redundant! That’s anti-nothing talk, that is.

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      • Alasdair Macdonald August 25, 2018 / 8:53 am

        Mathematical pedants like Contrary and I are offended by such glib dismissal.

        Tsk, tsk and thrice tsk.

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  7. Bryan Weir August 25, 2018 / 7:43 am

    “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.”

    50%? Am I missing something here?


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