After Reporting Scotland called them ‘dysfunctional’ forcing an unnecessary inquiry did NHS Tayside’s chemotherapy dosage variations actually do good?

Because it was always a good thing to try with those patients?

The Herald, above, still milking the story yesterday despite BBC Scotland seeming to have, if quietly, admitted they were wrong:


The deaths between 2016 and 2018 WERE NOT linked to treatment variation.’

Five months after Reporting Scotland had accused Tayside’s oncology department of being ‘dysfunctional’, the BBC Scotland website reported:

Dr David Dunlop told NHS Tayside the deaths between 2016 and 2018 were not linked to treatment variation. NHS Tayside had been criticised for offering lower doses of the drugs than in the rest of Scotland. Dr Dunlop said two cases were not relevant, one refused chemotherapy, and the rest had very poor prognoses.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-49481813

The patients had been given the lower doses to help them cope with frankly terrifying side-effects.

You’ll not be smiling when you hear what we’ve found someone to say!

Reporting Scotland have not returned to the story to apologise for their initial reporting. On April 2nd, they said:

 ‘The report today pointed to the possibility of a dysfunctional department. ‘Detectives’ spoke of pharmacy and nursing staff who said they had concerns about the change of procedures, but they felt they were not being listened to and that their position was one above.’

Only Reporting Scotland used the word ‘dysfunctional’. The BBC website and all the papers I looked at (8) did not use the term either. Why?

TuS reported at length on this disgraceful episode:

Exploitation of the sick to undermine the SNP Government: Reporting Scotland’s dysfunctional health correspondence

August 13, 2019

Dysfunctional Reporting Scotland dabble in complex cancer treatment and cause damaging patient anxiety

May 2, 2019

Why did we not see this man at the beginning of this dark and confused saga? After weeks of confused and agenda-driven poking around in the, too complex for them, matters of cancer treatment, Reporting Scotland have apparently stumbled upon…

‘Dysfunctional’ NHS Tayside fights back as BBC Scotland fiddle with their vocabulary to fool you

May 1, 2019

‘Oncologists under investigation for giving lower dosages of chemotherapy to 300 breast cancer patients refute claims they were wrong to do so. That’s according to a senior clinician at NHS Tayside. Last month doctors at NHS Tayside were ordered to…

Why does Reporting Scotland’s ‘dysfunctional’ breast cancer department have ‘average’ death rate?

April 6, 2019

Should read: ‘after BBC attack’ In fact, the department looks ‘average’ and by no means ‘dysfunctional’. See the statistics below. On the evening of April 1st, Reporting Scotland said of NHS Tayside’s Oncology Department at Ninewells in Dundee: ‘The report…

Reporting Scotland ‘detectives’ think they’ve found a ‘dysfunctional department.’ They have.

April 2, 2019

On Reporting Scotland last night, from Jackie Bird: ‘A health watchdog has criticised NHS Tayside after breast cancer patients were given lower doses of chemotherapy than patients in other parts of Scotland. Healthcare improvement Scotland say patients should have been…

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Retired Professor of Media Politics Not-for-profit independent political analysis

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