Health & the NHS

Scotland's GP Crisis?

"93% of people [in Scotland] were able to obtain two working day access to their GP practice; this is a slight increase from the previous survey.


Scotland has the highest number of GPs per head of population in the UK, research commissioned by the BBC shows.

Analysis by the Nuffield Trust think tank shows there are 76 GPs per 100,000 people, compared to a national UK average of 60: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-48191210

Scottish GP headcount climbs for 3rd quarter in a row, is younger and more numerous than in England



BBC Still Using Wrong Data For A&E Performance

"On BBC 1 at 1pm today: "Waiting times for A&E in England improved slightly in January. Over the course of the month 81.7% were seen within four hours." This is wrong and they’ve been up to this trick for years. Here’s the data source...

"NHS Scotland A&E is at least 13% better as NHS England also has the dubious practice of restarting the clock after patients are admitted whereas in Scotland counting continues from first arrival."

Free Personal Care In Scotland

"A member of the party which denies free care to anyone at all, never mind the under-65s, has the nerve to ask straight-faced if the Scottish Government is getting on with it. In case readers do not fully appreciate, and for Miles, here is what the brutal callousness of Conservatism means, from Independent Age in January 2020"...