BBC Scotland keeping away from this kind of NHS story
This worrying report is all over BBC 1 ‘National’ News and the UK website but absent from any Scottish reports. Maybe the Scotsman will try to post it as if it is about Scotland and just hope we don’t read on past the headline?
From the Department for Health & Social Care (the Department), NHS England and NHS Improvement, yesterday:
‘Between July and September 2018, only 78.6% of patients were treated within 62 days of an urgent referral, down from 83.8% between September and December 2014 when we last reported on it.7 NHS England assured us that additional investment will be available to help improve its performance against cancer waiting times as part of the NHS Long Term Plan. However, NHS England could not give a commitment as to when the cancer waiting times standard will be achieved again.’
From NHS Scotland ISD in March 2019:
82.7% of patients started treatment within the 62-day standard, an increase from 81.4% in the previous quarter.
Perhaps more worrying is the dramatic variation in performance between boards in England’s more affluent and less affluent areas. Greater Glasgow’s performance under great pressure in demand, of 77.4%, or Western Isles, 75%, challenged by its remoteness, seem quite positive in the light of these:
The worst waits (% of patients started treatment in 62 days during 2018-19)
- Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells 60.8%
- Royal Wolverhampton 62.8%
- Weston Area Health 67%
- Southend University Hospital 67%
- Bradford Hospitals 67.1%
- University College London Hospitals 68.4%
- Mid Essex Hospitals Services 68.5%
- Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals 69.2%
- East and North Hertfordshire 69.2%
- East Kent Hospitals 70.7%
How many more are there not listed, in the gap between these and 75%?