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Resigned Professor John Robertson on Media Bias In Scottish Politics
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BBC Scotland always has our back when things are getting worse but seem to forget to remind us if they improve only two days later. Some of us would like to know so that we feel less guilty going into A&E. Overall hospital admissions have been falling for five days after levelling off for the previous seven. ICU cases are down more than 20% in the last week. Hospital admissions remain steadily...
Still feasting with Anas Sarwar, on the same child death, and presumably English, soldiers coming to our rescue, BBC Scotland clings (bottom left) onto Thursday’s big Covid death total of 50. Today, they could have reported 18 deaths, the biggest fall in one day since January 2nd* and a steady fall in serious (ICU) cases over the last 7 days, from 100 to 72, a 28% fall!...
In the Telegraph yesterday from Douglas Ross: Sturgeon has given in to the drug dealers. The SNP’s de facto decriminalisation of drugs has surrendered Scotland to more misery and death. For seven years straight, drug deaths in Scotland have increased. Under the SNP, this shameful situation has spiralled out of control, leaving us with the highest death rate in all of Europe. This has...
From STV yesterday: Scotland has become the first country in the world to embed lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender inclusive-education across the school curriculum. All school staff will be given a basic awareness e-learning course on LGBT inclusive education and a toolkit of LGBT-inclusive education teaching resources. Subjects across age groups will now include LGBT identities, issues and...
In August 2021, NHS Scotland’s A&E departments saw, on average 75.45% within 4 hours. In NHS England for the same period, on average, only 66.2% were seen in 4 hours. The Scottish system is thus more than 9% better in crude terms but more accurately 14% better (9.25% of 66.2). Of the total 400 000 attending A&E in England in August, 56 000 more could have been seen within 4 hours had...
My first complaint for some time above. Their response: The headline to this article reads “Covid in Scotland: Demand for GPs ‘double’ pre-pandemic levels”, with ‘double’ presented in quote marks as you acknowledge – the use of quote marks in headlines widely established as conveying someone’s viewpoint or comment etc. The lead paragraph and article body adds the further...
Context is important ofcom.org.uk/...review.pdf The above report has a little but it’s well chosen to make the audience think things are bad, very bad: It is the largest rise in deaths announced in one day since 23 February. bbc.co.uk/...d-58684704 Is it the largest rise? It’s an increase of 13 from 37 on the...
Is that all? Non-emergency? 114 Land Rover drivers taking folk in for a hospital check-up, like the 2 600 existing local civilian volunteers who know the area, and adding nothing to the 5 000 who can do emergencies? That’ll make a big difference? Why doesn’t Reporting Scotland do a special on the local volunteers and try to encourage more to come forward and help? We asked 102 people...
An inquiry has begun, investigating the construction of the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Campus, Glasgow, the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People, and Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Edinburgh. A mass of data and numerous qualified experts’ testimonies will place heavy demands on attending journalists. They have ignored that and lazily picked out a few catchy headlines...
From Tom Gordonstoun in the Herald: NICOLA Sturgeon has been accused of presiding over an “international humiliation”, after Scotland’s state-owned shipyard wasn’t deemed good enough to build state-owned ferries. Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar laid the charge against the First Minister after Ferguson Marine’s bid didn’t even make the shortlist to build two new CalMac ferries last...
Following on from suggestions that health board members need punishing after allegedly murdering a child, BBC Scotland persist with their National Enquirer tribute act and suggest a Scottish hospital is ‘third world’ after reports of dirty water did not kill a child but did worry the parents. Third world? What, like the parts where contaminated drinking-water is estimated to cause 502...
4% ahead of England on both the 1st and 2nd doses, NHS Scotland proves more resilient than NHS Scotland. BBC Scotland not interested any more.
Isn’t breaking a record a good thing? Doesn’t this headline imply they did better than the record with more than 95% being seen in 4 hours? Wow! Wait, nope, it’s bad: The worst ever performance figures have again been recorded by hospital A&E units in Wales, reflecting the enormous pressure on emergency care in the NHS. Oh, How would BBC Scotland do this? BBC Wales is a very...
By Alasdair Galloway: A few days ago I sent a letter to the Herald about Blair McDougall’s piece which they ran at the weekend (to be fair at the same time as a piece by Blair Jenkins). Whether my letter was worth publication or not, it was one of several I have put in over the last couple of weeks which have ended up on the spike. However, in reviewing the most recent letters I have sent,...
I know lots of otherwise intelligent folk can be a bit blindsided by graphs but the above appears to be complete Scheiße. Let’s just take one they want us to be shocked by – nearly 2 000 waiting more than 8 hours in April 2021. I was shocked too but: During April 2021, 1,181 (1.1%) patients spent more than 8 hours in an A&E department....
Apologies to regulars but I’m just going to repeat the evidence I posted at around 2am this morning. My health, now there’s a real crisis! Also, after that, the facts on the army ambulances: So, first, there’s a shortage of beds and the evidence is a graph of bed blocking which stops in March 2021! How about these more useful and recent ones: Hospital admissions only one quarter...
This Official Statistics bulletin presents information on the number of crimes and offences recorded by the police in Scotland during August 2021 and offers comparisons with the same month in 2020 and 2019. I appreciate that these data are almost certainly an under-estimation of actual crime levels but the trends remain of interest. Given that August 2020 was unusual, a period of lockdown, it...
Being shared by Lisa Summers but uncredited, this is typically selective and often hopelessly out-of-date in an effort to construct this ‘crisis’ for us. It opens: Scotland’s Health Secretary Humza Yousaf says the NHS is facing the “biggest crisis” of its existence. There’s a shortage of beds, the demand for ambulances is soaring and waits in accident and...
The above quote comes from Jo Healey, author of “Trauma Reporting: A Journalist’s Guide to Covering Sensitive Stories” (Routledge)  Do your job, do it well, do no harm  These BBC Scotland reports do harm. Rather than foregrounding the professional evidence of what happened and in particular the lack of certainty in cases where several factors were contributory to a death or to harm,...
From a sample of 99 responses to a twitter poll running all day today, only 2 indicated that they had seen an Army ambulance. It’s not clear from any official announcement, just how many ambulances will be deployed with the roughly 100 soldiers. In February 2021, in a similar poll, with 557 respondents, we found that only 0.5% had been vaccinated by a soldier. There are reasonable grounds,...
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