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Scottish NHS continues to miss key targets

Are efforts to transform care in Scotland working?


The NHS in Scotland is continuing to perform poorly on A&E waiting times and delayed discharge, despite efforts to transform the health and social care system.


Figures from ISD Scotland show that in June 2018, just 92.8% of people attending A&E were dealt with within the target four hours; 764 people spent more than eight hours and 115 spent more than 12.


It is not possible to give meaningful comparisons with last year’s figures as there were problems with data supplied by NHS Lothian, which has been considered in a separate review.


Figures for June also show that performance on delayed discharge has worsened considerably since last year. 42,375 days were spent in hospital by patients whose discharge was delayed, up 8% on the same time last year, and the daily number of beds occupied by people whose discharge has been delayed has risen each month since January 2018.


Reducing delayed discharge was one of the key aims of health and social integration, which came into force in Scotland in April 2016.


Further information

ISD Scotland: Delayed discharge report

ISD Scotland: A&E report