As demand rises NHS Scotland A&E hold performance at around 90%


During week ending 11 November 2018, 89.1% of patients were seen within 4 hours. There were 26 946 attendances, up 5.9%, from 25 434 in the last week of October.

A bit of context from an international study in 2014, is illuminating:

‘Most countries are following the UK 4-hour target as it is recognised that there is a benefit to adding in a time constraint. Victoria and Ontario [Canada] both have set the achievement target lower, at 75% and 90% respectively, compared to 95% in England [and Scotland]. Moreover, neither system actually meets their target, and especially in Victoria there are few consequences to this. In Stockholm [Sweden] the county monitors performance on the 4-hour target but this is not nationally mandated.’