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Weekly reports risk obscuring emergency care problems


24 February 2015

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Changes to the reporting of emergency medicine waiting times in Scotland risk obscuring system-wide problems, according to the British Medical Association (BMA).

The Scottish government has said it will now release a weekly — rather than quarterly — report on hospitals meeting the four-hour emergency department target.

Changes to the reporting of emergency medicine waiting times in Scotland risk obscuring system-wide problems, according to the British Medical Association (BMA).

The Scottish government has said it will now release a weekly — rather than quarterly — report on hospitals meeting the four-hour emergency department target.

BMA Scotland council chair Peter Bennie said: “We must avoid reducing the NHS as a whole to a set of weekly performance figures, skewing the public’s perception of the health service and ignoring the system-wide pressures that stretch far beyond [emergency medicine].”

Scottish health, well-being and sport secretary Shona Robison said the move, which begins on 3 March, would increase the transparency and accountability of the NHS in Scotland.

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