From ISD, yesterday, we see that, from 1 April to 30 June 2018, there were 5 033 new patients referred to pain clinic. That was a 3.2% increase on the 4 874 seen in the previous quarter. Despite the increase in demand, 71.6% were seen in 18 weeks, compared to 71.5% in the previous quarter. That 0.1% difference is not significant though the BBC Scotland editorial guide tells me that a 0.1% fall in performance can be significant if it makes the Scottish government look bad.
Looking for NHS England’s equivalent figures I googled ‘England chronic pain waiting times’. I found no figures for any part of NHS England but, despite the search terms, eight for parts of Scotland! Where have they gone? Are they being collected at all? Were they so bad?
Note: Making a comparison with England is now back in the BBC Scotland editorial guide after it appeared that the Scottish Government was encouraging the export of baby boy calves while England was sending none.