Reporting Scotland editor APOLOGISES for error in reporting hospital death but only after election

After an extended feeding frenzy undermining an SNP politician, a wee apology is too little and too late.

My complaint was received by the BBC on Friday 29th November. It was a simple one and could easily have been responded to in 10 working days as promised but it took until today, 17th December, after the election. Many readers will know that a damning report on midwifery in NHS England, was delayed and that a report on Russian funding of the Conservatives has been held back by the UK Government.

Here is the complaint:

The presenter said: ‘The mother of a girl who died FROM an infection at Glasgow’s ‘Super Hospital’ has told Reporting Scotland she believes her daughter would still be alive if action had been taken when contamination risks were discovered.’ I’m not a medic but it seems quite clear that the infection was a possible third contributory factor in four in, a tragic death, caused by multiple factors and that the assertion that the child died ‘from’ an infection is patently inaccurate.

Here is the response:

Thank you for your correspondence. Your comments were passed to the Editor, Reporting

Scotland, who has asked that I forward her response as follows: “Thank you for being in touch about the 1330 hrs edition on 29th November. I have carefully considered your complaint and agree with you that it was not possible to state definitively that the death was “from an infection”. In the circumstances, a phrase such as “following an infection” would have been more appropriate. I apologise for this and would like to thank you again for taking the time and the trouble to be in touch about your concern.”

The phrase ‘following an infection’ would have been little better. No offer of a broadcast retraction, however, was granted.

Published by johnrobertson834

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

9 thoughts on “Reporting Scotland editor APOLOGISES for error in reporting hospital death but only after election

    1. Yes.

      Despite the apology on this specific issue, in the report about the legal action against the building contractor, they took the opportunity to recite the litany of accusations against the hospital, including that “two patients died after acquiring an infection.”

      They are clearly following the Boris Johnson strategy of apologising when the occasion calls for it and continuing to repeat the same lie thereafter.

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  1. Some useful stats and comparison info regarding Policing in Scotland that one is unlikely to see reported on beeb Scotland is carried today on news.gov.scot. Link and snippets below: (Note the substantially better basic starting salary for new Police Constables in Scotland as compared with their equivalents south of the border. Also; imagine how much easier today’s Scottish Police Priorities meeting would have been if the Scottish Govt had access to the £125M in VAT monies thieved from Police Scotland by the Westminster Govt?):

    https://news.gov.scot/news/policing-in-scotland

    The Scottish Government is protecting Police Scotland’s revenue budget in real terms, despite UK Government cuts to the Scottish Budget, and has increased the annual funding for policing by more than £80 million since 2016-17 – bringing it to £1.2 billion for 2019-20. Police Scotland’s capital budget allocation has increased by £12 million in 2019-20 to help enhance its ICT capabilities, including the roll-out of mobile technology, enabling officers to spend more time in the communities they serve. Ministers continue to press the UK Government to pay back the £125 million VAT paid by Police Scotland before the Treasury reversed the policy.

    Scotland’s police officers received a 6.5% 31-month pay deal, announced in September 2018 and described by the Scottish Police Federation as the greatest single increase in police pay for over 20 years; This compared with 2% for English and Welsh officers in 2018 and 2.5% in 2019. The basic starting salary for new constables in Scotland is £26,037, in contrast to £20,880 in England and Wales.

    A two-year pay award was confirmed for police staff in Scotland – 3.25% for year 2019-20, and 3% for year 2020-21 – which will be paid with December salaries. This follows the implementation of the ‘Staff Pay and Reward Modernisation’ package of reforms to police staff pay, terms and conditions from April.

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  2. Useful stats on Scotland’s reducing (record low) Carbon Footprint carried on news.gov.scot site today. Note the correlation with the period of the SNP Scottish Govt – Note also the rising figures during the previous britnat lab/lib coalition. Somehow I can’t see beeb Scotland drawing attention to this! Link and snippets below:

    https://news.gov.scot/news/scotlands-carbon-footprint-1998-2016

    Scotland’s Chief Statistician today published Scotland’s Carbon Footprint: 1998-2016. This publication provides estimates of Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions on a consumption basis; that is emissions that are associated with the spending of Scottish residents on goods and services, wherever in the world these emissions arise, together with emissions directly generated by Scottish households.

    Key points
    • Between 2015 and 2016, Scotland’s carbon footprint (emissions from all greenhouse gases) decreased by 6.9 per cent to a record low of 73.8 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e). This is the largest year on year decrease since the recession in 2008.
    • Between 1998 and 2016, Scotland’s carbon footprint fell by 12.3 per cent, from 84.1 MtCO2e in 1998 to 73.8 MtCO2e in 2016.
    • Scotland’s carbon footprint rose steadily from 1999 to a peak of 100.9 MtCO2e in 2007 before falling sharply in the following years (coinciding with the recession) and has generally fallen gradually in more recent years. The overall reduction between this 2007 peak, and 2016 is 26.9 per cent.

    (NOTE: Scotland’s carbon footprint was rising steadily under the period of the britnat (lab/lib) coalition. The significant reduction following the 2007 recession has been maintained (with further gradual reductions achieved) over the entire period of SNP Scottish Govt. Indicative of an SNP Scottish Govt which takes this matter seriously I would contend.)

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