The award goes to…
Edinburgh Pentlands Constituency Labour Party!
It started like this:
We felt obliged by basic decency to point out the screamingly obvious: whenever you have a list of statistics, SOMEONE always has to end up at the bottom of it, even if in reality they’ve performed almost as well as everyone else:
Despite the BBC’s almost comically negative headline, the story that was being linked to in the tweet actually seemed to be good news:
But to Pentlands Labour it was an outrage:
He (for we believe the person in charge of the account to be our beloved old friend Dr Scott Arthur – no, not the healthcare kind of doctor) posed a question:
He didn’t like our answer:
Which was a weird response, because 95.4% is NOT “missing waiting time targets”, it’s the opposite thing – it’s hitting them. Even NHS Lothian, which was the “worst” region according to the BBC headline, had managed 94%, just 1% short.
(Two of the three other areas which missed the 95% target for four-hour treatment did so by only fractions, with scores of 94.6% and 94.7%. The actual worst was Ayrshire and Arran on 92.5%, so we’re not sure why the BBC picked on Lothian.)
As it happened, an alert reader dug out the Bath stats before we could:
Bath had in fact done quite considerably worse than any NHS authority in Scotland. That made our hero a bit grumpy:
But could we tell how good (or not) Labour really were at “defending the NHS”?
Well, in other figures the number of patients who’d had to wait over 12 hours in all of Scotland (population 5.3 million) was just 99, with 92 of those being in Lothian.
In order to compare, we could look at the solitary area of the UK where Labour is in charge of the NHS: Wales (population 3.1 million). And by a fortuitous happenstance, the Welsh NHS has also just published its A&E waiting-time stats.
With Scotland being 1.7 times as populous as Wales, 2000 Welsh patients waiting over 12 hours for treatment under Labour would be the equivalent of 3,400 in Scotland, rather than the actual Scottish number of 99 under the SNP. (The Welsh figure for treatment within four hours was 84%, more than 10% below Scotland’s.)
Dr Arthur’s been quiet on Twitter for a while now.
We’ll pass the award on to someone for him.