Try Googling ‘chronic pain waiting times England’ and you get 10 reports, all relating to Scotland. The 14th item was research done in the North of England and referred to the problem of long waiting times but gave no targets or figures.
So, it looks like NHS England has given up the ghost on this too. Miles Briggs and the Herald, of course, care nothing for context.
NHS Scotland actually has chronic pain waiting times which are holding up despite fast increasing demand.
Referrals to pain clinics increased by 4.5% or from 4 991 to 5 219, in just one quarter, between Q3 to Q4 of 2018.
Despite this 70.8% were seen within 18 weeks in Q4 compared to 72.4% in Q3.
“Chronic Pain” is a term that, for me, sums up the whole farce that is the Union. It has become acute over the past two days of watching the proceedings of the House of Commons.
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Oh surely you can’t be watching the HoC stuff William, you’ll be needing emergency treatment if you do that. I haven’t been able to watch any of it for a while now, I just get too scandalised.
Luckily Scotland has publicly funded air ambulances (unlike England) to fly to your rescue! I did leave a huge swathe of interesting links on air ambulance services, but the comment went into moderator limbo (I think it’s when I try to post more than one link, my comment gets eaten) – it was all really just Wikipedia and the Scottish ambulance service website (awkward to search through but has tons of stuff – they also publish all the FoI responses they give.
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