Health & the NHS

NHS Scotland Cancels Fewer Operations Due To Resource Problems

"In December 2018 only 600 or 2.4% of all operations were cancelled due to ‘Non-clinical/Capacity reasons.’ This was down from 3.4% in November 2018 and from 3.2% in December 2017. Remember a 1% drop is around a third of the previous 3.2% and 3.4% figures and means around 300 patients. Those cancelled for clinical reasons were also down slightly on the previous month while those cancelled by the patient were up."

NHS Scotland's A&E Performance Now At Least 10% Better Than A&E England

"There were 137 879 attendance at A&E services in Scotland in December 2018. 89.6% were admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours. That’s an improvement on the 85.1% seen in December 2017 of almost 5%. https://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Emergency-Care/Publications/2019-02-05/Summary/index.asp The December 2018 figure is not yet available but the November 2018 figure for NHS England was only 79.3% seen in 4 hours. We can be fairly sure that the December 2018 figure, deeper into winter, will be worse. So, NHS England A&E is operating at best ten percentage points behind that of NHS Scotland. https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/ae-waiting-times-and-activity/ae-attendances-and-emergency-admissions-2018-19/"


New NHS Scotland Bowel Screening Leads To Increased Uptake


News on the news.gov.scot site today regarding an overshoot of target being achieved in the Scottish bowel cancer screening programme (and also reaching the ‘hard to reach’ groups): https://news.gov.scot/news/new-bowel-screening-test-leads-to-increase-in-uptake A new, simpler bowel screening test has seen levels of participation rise to a record high.Scotland was the first part of the UK to introduce the Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) in November 2017. The new test requires the collection of just one sample, rather than three over a 10 day period as was previously the case."

Standard Wales Check


Scotland: 8,311
Wales: 64,113

The Welsh figures under Labour are a breathtaking 771% worse than Scotland’s. We’re going to say that again in case you think it’s a typo: Seven hundred and seventy-one percent. There’s a reason the Scottish public don’t trust Labour to run their public services, even when they’re imperfect. And everyone except Scottish Labour knows what it is."

Scottish Government Invests £100m In Cancer Strategy

"Thanks again to list MSP Annie wells for exposing the Scottish Government’s £100 million investment in cancer treatment despite falling incidence of the disease, their encouragement of preventative strategies such as in the reduction of alcohol consumption and smoking and the increase in early detection, now 85.2% of all cancers detected at stages 1 or 2."