Only days after health professionals warn them Reporting Scotland Down ‘chase an ambulance’ on mental health issues

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Today, repeated throughout the day, nine times, we’ll hear, headlined and with a worried face:

The number of times people needed compulsory mental health treatment in Scotland reached a record high last year.

As always, the report opens with drama based on a single source and allows toward the end a brief response from the Scottish government as context. In the online version, it is only by the 23rd statement that we hear something that should turn the headline round:

The low rates in some areas are a real concern for us and we hope that our data will be taken into account by the government and by health boards, local authorities and integrated joint boards, with whom we will continue to raise it.

It is only in the 27th statement, out of 29, that we hear the crucial comment from a SG representative:

Any increase in compulsory treatment may represent the effects of more people coming forward for treatment and an increased awareness in mental ill health more generally.

This report from BBC Scotland comes only days after they were warned by health professionals of the damage that might be caused by their misleading reports:

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Only a few days before that, we drew attention to the selective way RSD ignores positive stories on mental health treatment such as:

Scotland’s depressed media look away as TWO Glasgow mental health wards are praised

A supposed crisis in mental health treatment has been a favourite of RSD for some time now including their attempts to caste NHS Tayside as dysfunctional:

Reporting Scotland’s at best outdated ‘expert opinion’ on NHS Tayside’s Mental Health Unit

Regular readers and others will of course recognise this as part of a wider proxy war against the otherwise hard-to-hit, SNP government:

Poxy Unionist media unfairly attack NHS in proxy war against SNP

The BBC proxy war on the SNP using NHS Scotland

Published by johnrobertson834

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

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