If it’s negative, does one case make it news for RSD?

Reporting Scotland have been fed another of the single cases they love to present as some kind of wider problem in NHS Scotland. Today we read of one doctor prepared to pay for her two sons to get the HPV jab which protects against throat cancer.

Readers will remember that RSD have a poor record of reporting on vaccines when there is actual hard evidence that NHS Scotland’s performance is high and especially if it’s better than for NHS England. As the immunisation level against the deadly measles virus plummets in England yet stays above target in Scotland BBC UK headlined the story but RSD ignored it. For more on this:



Today’s RSD report also does not mention the performance level in NHS Scotland in delivering the HPV vaccine. Once more you need UK media to get the context:

If I comment on missed targets headlining reports and broadcasts, I’m told RSD cannot/should not suppress important information for the public. If I remind them of their selectivity in not reporting targets which are met, I get either no response or the strange notion that meeting targets is not news.

If I point to the humanitarian disaster that is NHS England under the Tories, I’m told it’s not relevant. I disagree. It’s useful context and so, undaunted, I persist. See the above on the 150 000 backlog in cervical screening faced by women in England. How are things in Scotland, I wonder?

Well, for the start there’s no backlog and the 95% target for returns on only 19 working days is sometimes met and the average looks to be around 23 days: