As NHS England considers scrapping A&E targets altogether, neighbouring Scottish Borders reports the highest of performance standards.
Tory MSP Michelle Ballantyne continues her fabulous unpaid involuntary research assistant work for TuS by asking parliamentary questions.
Thanks to Ballantyne’s efforts, we can now report that NHS Borders actually beat the target in November 2018 with 96.5% seen in four hours or less. Even in this cold January snap, 94.5% were seen within the target time.
Footnote: Neighbouring Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is one of the better NHS England trusts in terms of A&E, with 90.4% seen within 4 hours, in the last three months of 2018.
The sad thing is that you actually read and report on the full, nuanced reply provided to FOI requests, but, people like Ms Ballantiyne and her media mouthpieces selectively quote only the decontextualised part of the reply which can be spun as baaaaaaad! See, for example, BBC Scotland’s reports on the policy of reducing the numbers of short prison sentences being imposed.
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