There were 137 879 attendance at A&E services in Scotland in December 2018. 89.6% were admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours. That’s an improvement on the 85.1% seen in December 2017 of almost 5%.
The December 2018 figure is not yet available but the November 2018 figure for NHS England was only 79.3% seen in 4 hours. We can be fairly sure that the December 2018 figure, deeper into winter, will be worse. So, NHS England A&E is operating at best ten percentage points behind that of NHS Scotland.
Of course, NHS England has been told not to bother with these statistics. It’s now almost exactly a year since we read this astounding comment:
The Health Service Journal has reported that Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has scrapped the measurement of NHS Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments until April 2019 – amid the biggest NHS winter crisis in years.
Yes, that’s 2019 – the next time we know how our A&Es are performing, we will no longer be in the European Union, assuming it’s not deferred even further then. That’s how badly and how long the Tories want to hide the A&E crisis they’ve allowed to happen – or inflicted, according to NHS campaigners.
And no wonder, since the increases in A&E waiting times reflect the collapse in NHS performance that began almost the moment that the Tories entered Downing Street:
Remember those days when Labour were better than the Tories? Wales?