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.

Published by johnrobertson834

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

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

  1. Progress Scotland – a think tank (sigh) – has had a Survation poll done on whether people think the Scottish Parliament should be the one in charge of an independence referendum – 61% think it should be. So, no change in opinion there then. I’m not totally sure why they thought this the most important question to ask, but I suppose we get confirmation, again. Is the Scottish government likely to act on it? (Genuine question John as you might be privy to insider knowledge?)

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    1. Is Progress Scotland a think tank?

      From their web site:
      “”Progress Scotland commissions public opinion polling, focus groups and other research to better understand how people’s views are changing in Scotland. Progress Scotland Ltd is a private limited company. Its Managing Director is Angus Robertson and research and polling adviser is Mark Diffley.””

      I was quite surprised that the results of this poll were reported on the Herald web site early this afternoon.

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      1. Who cares if they a think tank or not Legerwood? it’s business-speak and wholly irrelevant to the substance. I have no problem being pulled up by pedantry, but only as an aside, and not when it’s not actually relevant to anyone in their dog. So I might have read it somewhere else and accidentally associated it – but then, it’s not wholly inaccurate as a description either, is it?

        What did you think about the poll? Did they ask the right questions? Do you think it’ll be useful? If they asked if they wanted a referendum this year, do you think would that have been more pertinent? Have you heard of any other polls, or different analysis on this one? What did you think about the result being consistently the same as all others over the years? How do you think that reflects on Scottish opinions?

        Those are the questions that could be considered when giving your opinion.

        Changing the focus of any discussion or consideration here to ‘what is a think tank’, is not even useful in alerting us to potential pitfalls in taking a view. Picking out one inaccuracy in an opinion piece to imply the whole may be inaccurate, is a pointless waste of comment, give us your reasoning for thinking this is the most important point.

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      2. Well if you don’t care if it is a think tank or not then why did you mention it and in such a pejorative way?

        Also my reply to you did not imply or throw doubt on the accuracy of the actual article but did question your characterisation of Progress Scotland. On a site that is all about pointing out the inaccuracies in the MSM and in politicians comment then I think it is reasonable to point out inaccuracies in comments below the line.

        As to the poll, I did not comment on that because I never do comment on polls. The only meaningful polls are the ones where you put your cross in the box.


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