From BBC Wales yesterday:
A family claim the Welsh Government is “playing with people’s lives” after axing ambulance waiting time targets to reach suspected stroke victims. Mair Gore’s family said she was told to wait two-and-a-half hours for an ambulance after having a stroke in her home – and claim she waited five hours before getting the drugs she needed. They now want ambulance response targets for strokes to be reinstated. Strokes are in the amber category of the ambulance 999 traffic light priority list – and emergency response time targets were scrapped for all but the life-threatening red category cases in 2015.
In England the target time is still in place but is 180 minutes! In Scotland, the targets are broken down and considerably more likely to save lives:
Stroke-related deaths have been falling consistently, 12% in 9 years, despite soaring by more than 600% in demand, under the SNP administration of the NHS:
Hope Jeanne Freeman sees this , it will be ammunition next time Moaning Monica takes to her feet to slag off the SHS for no reason other than SNP baad !
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John on a slightly different theme. I was looking at MMR vaccination rates in the UK. BBC Scotland says Scottish rate is down slightly from 97% to 96.6% or thereby but according to BBC England they are quoting Scotland’s MMR rate at 92% ????? Are you able to verify either way. Thanks
96.6. See my tweet?
Here is a summary of the childhood immunisation stats for Scotland published by ISD Scotland in June 2019.
“”Childhood Immunisation Statistics Scotland
Uptake rates remain high in Scotland; apart from rotavirus vaccine, over 95% of children had received each routine immunisation by the time they were 12 months of age.
Uptake of rotavirus vaccine, which helps protect young children from infection that causes severe diarrhoea and vomiting, was 93.1% by 12 months of age in quarter ending March 2019. This vaccine is given within strict age limits, which explains the slightly lower uptake rate compared with other vaccines offered in the first year of life.
By 24 months of age, 94.2% of children had received the Hib/MenC booster vaccine. The uptake rate for the Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) booster was also 94.2%.
Uptake of the MenB booster vaccine by 24 months has remained at 93.5%.
MMR vaccine is first offered at 12 to 13 months of age. Uptake of one dose of MMR vaccine by 24 months of age remained unchanged this quarter at 93.6%.
The national target is for 95% uptake of one dose of the MMR vaccine by five years of age; in quarter ending March 2019 the figure was 96.6%, a slight decrease from 97.0% in the previous quarter. Uptake rates of one dose of MMR by five years have remained above the 95% target since 2009.””
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Thanks John that was my understanding but still does not explain why (although I can guess why given BBC fake news) when the news broke earlier this week BBC England are quoting Scotland’s figure of 92%. I just thought I had got my figures mixed up. Cheers anywayGerry