Euan McColm's petty and ill-informed reporting on NHS Scotland

As Tory-run NHS England produces the worst A&E figures in history, the costliest building delays and the most dangerous places to be born, Euan McColm either knows nothing of NHS Scotland or has an agenda. Here’s why:

Boris Johnson’s abundant failure in government as his NHS England A&E waiting time figures for December plummet to new depths below 70%!

Scotland’s A&E departments treat 85% in less than 4 hours over Christmas and beat even the faked figures for NHS England in November

Health Secretary photographed as NHS Scotland Cancer Treatment 95% target is met

You are MORE THAN TWICE as likely to spend more than 12 hours waiting in A&E in NHS England than in NHS Scotland

Has Jeanne Freeman’s letter to EU NHS Scotland staff prevented a real crisis this winter?

Dear Boris: NHS Scotland largest reductions in surgical deaths EVER documented!NHS Scotland beats drug and alcohol treatment target for three years and Reporting Scotland ignores it for the same period

NHS England urged to follow Scotland’s more inclusive bowel screening and save thousands of lives but it’s not newsworthy here

NHS Scotland increasing mental health discharges by 33% in 10 years with 95% treated near to home

As NHS England denies single women Scotland’s IVF service is 100%

Jeanne Freeman demolishes Miles Briggs by revealing that NHS England is short of 25 times as many beds as NHS Scotland is

Reporting Scotland Up reveals Scotland’s hospitals cleanest in UK as Norovirus reports halve here but double there

I could go on.

Uneducated English journalist who compared Owen Jones to Hitler joins Nasty Party in ridiculing SNP leader

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Tom Peck has watched Ian Blackford in action but seems not to have noticed the Tory benches braying at him with unconcealed contempt. He wrote:

‘In his two and a half years leading the SNP at Westminster, Blackford has arguably established a convention all of his own. When Ian Blackford speaks, MPs, journalists, members of the public, catering staff and, on occasion, large items of antique furniture all understand it as the appropriate moment to evacuate the chamber. Rumours still swirl that during an especially dreadful Ian Blackford contribution to Prime Minister’s Questions last year, a Liberal Democrat was tragically killed in the stampede. These are the ways that rituals become ritualised. It may very well be that, centuries from now, the Palace of Westminster formally employs a Blackford, as well as a Black Rod. Blackford’s sacred role will be to stand up in the House of Commons and, while wearing his traditional dress of three-piece suit, do no more than utter the words, “Mr Speaker, the people of Scotland have spoken!” and everyone will know it’s time to go home for the day.’ 

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/ian-blackford-snp-brexit-house-of-commons-constitutional-crisis-a9299506.html?utm_source=reddit.com

Were an MP to speak regularly on behalf of ethnic minorities, women, the disabled or gays, would Peck be so stupid as to think it’s fine to ridicule them? You might think not but Peck has compared Owen Jones to Adolf Hitler. On 29 October 2019, openly gay Jones had tweeted responding to the election of Jair Bolsonaro as Brazil’s president:

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Peck thought Hitler had said the same thing as Jones and that it was comedy gold. Jones quickly sorted him out:

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The Canary gave a fuller explanation:

‘President-elect Bolsonaro is openly homophobic, pro-torture, and racist; has advocated abolishing democracy; and may well destroy the Amazon rainforest. Meanwhile, parties offering the status quo of free-market economics are in abject decline. So Jones is saying we need to offer people actual solutions to their problems, or the far right will continue to take power.

Luxemburg was a polish Marxist, writer, and revolutionary who opposed authoritarian Leninism.’

The Independent likes to portray itself as liberal and tolerant but, when it comes to the self-determinism of the Scottish people, it too is subject to the same exceptionalism we see in English ‘comedians’ or in all-but-one of the candidates for leader of the Labour Party. Self-determination is good for the English and for the Palestinians, it was good for the Slovenians or the Kosovans and, these days, it is even recognised as having been good for the Irish, but the Scots? No, ridiculous narrow nationalists!

BBC bias by omission as Scotland gets faster and longer trains running!

From the reader enigmatically titled d9015:

We should note the 15+ years of EGIP rail programme delivered for Transport Scotland

Faster train times on several routes – but notably 20% reduction for Edinburgh-Glasgow expresses which are now 8-coach electric vice 6-coach diesel (33% longer trains 35-40% more passenger capacity)

Whilst on 3 other routes the same new trains replace 2-coach diesels with 3/4-coach electric trains and a 5th route gets 6-coach trains all day vice 3-coach, and displaced diesels means 6-coach vice 4-coach trains on another route.

Compared to having just 1 slightly fragile 50 mile route London-Brighton we now have 5, 47 to 50+ mile routes between Edinburgh & Glasgow with 15 trains/hr each way, plus extra capacity Inverness-Aberdeen, reopened lines to Alloa, and Tweedbank, Electric trains to Paisley Canal, plans for reopened line to Leven, & new connection past Edinburgh Airport – plus new local trains for Dunbar. All with construction teams kept together, learning & improving, to deliver to time & budget on a portfolio of smaller manageable projects, being planned and prepared into the future – compare this to HS2?

Oh & when the delivery of the new trains was delayed Scotland’s railway & government secured 10 newly retired electric trains from England for a short-term lease, to plug that gap – the ‘Happy Trains’.

Footnote: When I googled EGIP, I first got:

Showing results for EGYPT rail scotland

And with perseverance:

The Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP) is a comprehensive package of improvements to Scotland’s railway infrastructure. A Scottish Government priority, the EGIP is being delivered by Network Rail and includes modernisation and upgrades to key junctions and infrastructure as well as widespread electrification of the Scottish rail network, including the main line between Edinburgh and Glasgow and to Stirling and Dunblane.

http://www.egip.info/

Why Scotland’s ‘budget deficit’ matters little even if it still exists after we get actual non-estimated data

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‘The leading thinker and most visible public advocate of modern monetary theory – the freshest and most important idea about economics in decades – delivers a radically different, bold, new understanding for how to build a just and prosperous society.


Any ambitious proposal – ranging from fixing crumbling infrastructure to Medicare for all or preventing the coming climate apocalypse – inevitably sparks questions: how can we afford it? How can we pay for it? Stephanie Kelton points out how misguided those questions really are by using the bold ideas of modern monetary theory (MMT), a fundamentally different approach to using our resources to maximize our potential as a society.


We’ve been thinking about government spending in the wrong ways, Kelton argues, on both sides of the political aisle. Everything that both liberal/progressives and conservatives believe about deficits and the role of money and government spending in the economy is wrong, especially the fear that deficits will endanger long-term prosperity.


Through illuminating insights about government debt, deficits, inflation, taxes, the financial system, and financial constraints on the federal budget, Kelton dramatically changes our understanding of how to best deal with important issues ranging from poverty and inequality to creating jobs and building infrastructure. Rather than asking the self-defeating question of how to pay for the crucial improvements our society needs, Kelton guides us to ask: which deficits actually matter? What is the best way to balance the risk of inflation against the benefits of a society that is more broadly prosperous, safer, cleaner, and secure?


With its important new ways of understanding money, taxes, and the critical role of deficit spending, MMT busts myths that prevent us from taking action because we can’t get beyond the question of how to pay for it.’

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Video at: https://www.taxresearch.org.uk/Blog/2020/01/18/the-deficit-myth-stephanie-kelton/

Only BBC UK sees different Scotland look after its veterans as England drifts further into the dark night of endless Tory rule

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From BBC UK but missed by BBC Scotland today:

A leading mental health charity for military veterans says it will not be able to take any new cases in England and Wales, because of a funding crisis. Combat Stress said its income has fallen from £16m to £10m in the current financial year partly due to cuts in NHS funding support.

 And much, much further down:

The charity still receives more than £1m from NHS Scotland and it will continue to take on new cases there and in Northern Ireland.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51243098

Needless to say, BBC Scotland have not covered this, just as they have not covered these:

Scotland IS different as it protects unaccompanied children seeking asylum

Different NHS Scotland and Wales reject England’s hostile environment for vulnerable migrant mothers-to-be

It is a matter of life in Scotland and death in England

Only Guardian and Al Jazeera tell us EU families and ‘Eurochildren’ in Brexiting Britain feel safer in Scotland

Scotland drifting away from nasty place as SNP Government launches funeral benefit for those on low income

Scotland IS a different place as its universities offer guaranteed places to care leavers

Abuse of women and the disabled far higher in England than in Scotland

Less homicide, less knife crime, less domestic violence, safer cities and now much lower alcohol problems: should Scotland’s old stereotypes be sent south?

Racial hate crimes increase by 33% in England & Wales while falling by 10% in Scotland: Who says we’re not different?

Scottish Muslim students far less likely to report abuse or crime?

Terror de-radicalisation referral rate in Scotland less than one third per capita of that in England

Only in Scotland! ‘A review of small country’s approaches to public policy reform in response to economic, demographic and other pressures found that only in Scotland could this ‘golden thread’ be so clearly discerned’

Scientific evidence that Scots tend to be different from the other groups in rUK?

Who said Scots were not more left-wing than those in the rest of the UK?

With 1 in 4 living wage employers already in Scotland, the Scottish Government aims to make this a ‘Living Wage Nation’

8% of the UK population and 28% of living wage employers. More evidence that we are different enough to want to run the whole show?

80 000 lowest paid workers in NHS England still on poverty wages as NHS Scotland follows Scottish Government policy to pay a living wage to all public-sector employees

Scottish care workers to receive Living Wage for ‘sleepover’ hours while English care workers receive only the National Minimum Wage.

Different Scotland in the UN report on ‘Workhouse Britain’

Scottish values making oil and gas firms a tad different too?

Are Scotland’s employers also different – more willing to pay a decent wage?

With 1 in 4 living wage employers already in Scotland, the Scottish Government aims to make this a ‘Living Wage Nation’

8% of the UK population and 28% of living wage employers. More evidence that we are different enough to want to run the whole show?

Why Jeanne Freeman should be the last Health Secretary to go

As Tory-run NHS England produces the worst A&E figures in history, the costliest building delays and the most dangerous places to be born, the Scottish Tories might do better to be quiet. Here’s why:

Boris Johnson’s abundant failure in government as his NHS England A&E waiting time figures for December plummet to new depths below 70%!

Scotland’s A&E departments treat 85% in less than 4 hours over Christmas and beat even the faked figures for NHS England in November

Health Secretary photographed as NHS Scotland Cancer Treatment 95% target is met

You are MORE THAN TWICE as likely to spend more than 12 hours waiting in A&E in NHS England than in NHS Scotland

Has Jeanne Freeman’s letter to EU NHS Scotland staff prevented a real crisis this winter?

Dear Boris: NHS Scotland largest reductions in surgical deaths EVER documented!NHS Scotland beats drug and alcohol treatment target for three years and Reporting Scotland ignores it for the same period

NHS England urged to follow Scotland’s more inclusive bowel screening and save thousands of lives but it’s not newsworthy here

NHS Scotland increasing mental health discharges by 33% in 10 years with 95% treated near to home

As NHS England denies single women Scotland’s IVF service is 100%

Jeanne Freeman demolishes Miles Briggs by revealing that NHS England is short of 25 times as many beds as NHS Scotland is

Reporting Scotland Up reveals Scotland’s hospitals cleanest in UK as Norovirus reports halve here but double there

I could go on.

SHOCK: James Kelly’s sums don’t add up again

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On Thursday 23rd January 2020, in Holyrood, James Kelly (Glasgow) (Scottish Labour) asked the Scottish Government what its response is to recently reported alcohol-related brain damage statistics, which suggest that the number of people with this condition is at a 10-year high.

The answer:

Last year, ‎2018-19 shows a drop in the number of patients with ARBD, a decline of 3% from the previous year

The actual data:

2017/18                810

2018/19                785

https://www.parliament.scot/S5ChamberOffice/WA20200123.pdf

Kelly has previous on arithmetical confusion. In 2016:

“Of the cases that come to court, over half of them fail. So even if you accepted the basic premise of the Act, as a law it’s not working.”

From Wings:

This is a lie. Of OBFA cases brought to court, 69% (242 out of 352) have resulted in convictions and just 31% have failed. Last time we checked, 31% was less than half by a quite significant distance. There hasn’t been a single year in which “over half” of OBFA cases brought to court have failed

And in 2019:

On the day before Burns Night, Herald’s ‘lousy’ Health Correspondent DOES NOT possess the power to see hersel as ithers see her!

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The disappointing health correspondent

McCardle writes:

‘MAKING the right decisions on medical treatments depends on sound, unbiased scientific evidence on whether drugs work.It is interesting then, that in the past week two separate papers – in respected journals, the Lancet and BMJ – have highlighted shortfalls blighting the reliability of clinical trials and studies.’

She’s correct that, no news though, we can’t trust big pharma. It’s just a bit ironic, comical even, that she should be the one to criticise bias and conflict of interest given the agenda transparent in her writing and the regular misuse of evidence to produce reports critical of the SNP government. I’ve probably corrected more of her fibs than anyone other than Reporting Scotland Down’s Lisa Summers. Here are the most recent:

2.      93% can see a GP in 2 days but Herald Health Correspondent lies for 4th time as election looms

3.      The Herald vs BBC Scotland battle for ‘Mencken Sickness Correspondent 2019’ continues as GP numbers increase but only in Scotland

4.      Herald’s bitter struggle with BBC Scotland for worst health correspondent of the century continues on NHS Highland ‘bullying’

5.      50% more nurses in Scotland but Herald’s Hobgoblin Correspondent presents trade union’s dodgy research to help Tories as election looms

6.      We wonder why TV and Newspaper health correspondents are the worst of a very bad lot as the Herald lies again on NHS staffing

7.      Herald and Royal Academy misleading the public on doctor training

8.      Parts of NHS England A&E ‘third world’ yet NHS Scotland at least 18% better is in crisis?

SNP Baby Boxes not suitable for Australia says expert

Retired Sun writer, Naz T Bustard, has attacked the non-existent plan to include the boxes in aid-packages for Australia. According to Bustard:

‘Koala piss will pass right through these shoddy boxes and they’ll be no use at all if your baby is on fire.’

116,141 Baby Boxes have been issued from the roll-out of Scotland’s Baby Boxes on 15 August 2017 up until 11 December 2019.The indicative current take-up rate is 96%.

https://www.gov.scot/publications/foi-201900009779/

Should Reporting Scotland make an official complaint to BBC UK on their failure to politicise 130 brain-damaged babies?

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It is there down at the bottom with a less-than dramatic headline but containing this: ‘At least seven preventable baby deaths may have occurred at the trust since 2016, a BBC investigation found. Here’s how the Independent saw it:

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Though the Independent report has more disturbing facts, neither think to mention the Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock. There is certainly no picture of him. 130 brain-damaged new-borns on the watch of Tory ministers and BBC UK, even the at times mildly leftist Independent see no need to politicise the story, confining themselves to those who actually manage the hospitals. The contrast with the approach taken by BBC Scotland is perhaps the strongest and clearest evidence of bias in their reporting on the SNP Government:

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So, in England, 7 deaths and 130 brain-damaged new-borns due to neglect and no mention of the Tory Minister, but in Scotland, one child death where a hospital infection may have been a contributory factor and a Tory MSP’s call for a resignation is headlined.

BBC UK, England, N Ireland and Wales never politicise health issues while BBC Scotland nearly always does. It’s an easy way for me to find objective evidence of their bias so why don’t they put an official complaint in against the others?

Health is the major concern of those middle-aged and older voters who turn out. It’s the only area where BBC Scotland can score, mostly offside and after a blatant foul, against the SNP Government so they will keep coming for it like a pack of hyenas.

MacAlba

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