Scotland’s A&E Departments The Best in The UK

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Thursday December 7 2017

Scotland is the only part of the UK performing better than it was four years ago against the NHS four hour waiting times target for A & E patients, according to new BBC data.

The NHS in England has seen a 155% rise in the number of “long waiters”, while the numbers fell 9% in Scotland over the last four years.

Commenting, Emma Harper said:

“Scotland’s A&E staff are to be commended for having outperformed the rest of the UK for at least 31 months now – the only part of the UK to improve its performance against A & E wait times targets in the last four years.

"It’s clear the work with the Royal College of Emergency Medicine to create the ‘Six Essential Actions’ for A&E in Scotland have paid dividend and show the real benefit of working with frontline staff to deliver improvements.

“The SNP in Government has increased the NHS workforce by over 12,400 to a new record high, where we also have a higher number of NHS staff per head of population than in England.

“The challenges NHS Scotland face are not unique, but it's how we respond to these challenges that matters.

“And the BBC’s research findings are testament to the hard work of our NHS and social care workers.”



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