Theresa May's Wales-England A&E comparison 'not valid'

From BBC - February 5, 2018

The UK's statistics watchdog has backed up First Minister Carwyn Jones's criticism of the prime minister's use of accident and emergency data.

Mr Jones said a comparison of those waiting 12 hours or more at A&E in Wales and England was unfair as the figures are measured in different ways.

The chairman of the UK Statistics Authority Sir David Norgrove agreed that the comparison was "not valid".

The comments were made at Prime Minister's Questions.

Sir David said: "The figure used for England refers to the accident and emergency wait time from the decision to admit to admission into another part of the health service.

"The figure used for Wales represents the entire time patients wait from arriving to leaving accident and emergency services, including the time from decision to admit to actual admission."

When challenged by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn about the NHS earlier in January, Theresa May said the latest figures showed 497 people waiting more than 12 hours in A&E at hospitals in England compared to 3,741 in Wales.


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