Assessment of weekly A&E waiting time statistics for Scotland

We are currently assessing  Public Health Scotland’s weekly A&E statistics for compliance with the standards set out in the Code of Practice for Statistics. 

The Code of Practice is a regulatory framework based on the trustworthiness, quality, and value of statistics. Capturing the views of users, and potential users, forms an important part of our judgement about statistics, including their strengths and areas for improvement. 

If you are a user of these statistics, we would love to hear from you. We would be grateful for any response to the following questions: 

  1. What do you use the statistics for?  
  2. Do the statistics meet the level of quality that is required for your needs and how you want to use them? How clear is Public Health Scotland about the quality of the statistics i.e. their strengths and limitations?   
  3. Are there any data gaps that you believe could be solved by improving these statistics? 
  4. Is the presentation of the statistics (through charts, tables and commentary) helpful? How could presentation be improved?  
  5. Do you have any feedback on the new platform used to present both the weekly and monthly A&E statistics? Has this improved accessibility of these statistics? 
  6. How does Public Health Scotland engage with you as a user of these statistics? Could its engagement with you be improved? 
  7. We are also reviewing the monthly A&E activity and waiting times statistics and the acute hospital activity quarterly inpatient statistics and would welcome any comments you have on these statistics too.  

 We welcome any other comments regarding these statistics. To contribute to our assessment, please get in touch by the 31 March 2023. 

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