Herald reporting again on nursing in England. NHS Scotland HAS invested more in nursing

A close up of a sign

Description automatically generated

It’s a sad indictment of journalism in Scotland that they don’t invest more in background research

In the Herald, a ‘Scottish’ newspaper, remember, their Health Correspondent writes today:

‘A SHORTAGE of nurses across the NHS should have triggered an increase in wages to meet demand. The reason this has not happened – at least not to the extent required – is because most nurses are women. That was the depressing conclusion this week of a study carried out jointly by the Royal College of Nursing and researchers at Oxford Brookes University.’

Like the research from Oxford and the RCN, McCardle seems unaware of differences in staffing levels and in the treatment of nurses, not ‘across the UK’ but in Scotland.

First, on ‘shortages’:

NHS Scotland has 50% more nurses per capita See these this parliamentary answer from Jeanne Freeman in April 2019:

A screenshot of a cell phone

Description automatically generated
https://www.gov.scot/publications/foi-19-00620/

Second, on wages:

By 2020/21, Scottish staff will be significantly better paid than NHS staff anywhere else in the UK. For example, relative to staff in England:

  • Pay for a ward nurse at the top of Band 5 will be over £1,030 more
  • Pay for a paramedic at the top of Band 6 will be nearly £1,280 more
  • Pay for an advanced nurse practitioner at the top of Band 7 will be over £1,500 more

https://www.gov.scot/news/9-percent-pay-rise-for-nhs-workers/

How can you claim to be a health correspondent and report so badly?

2 thoughts on “Herald reporting again on nursing in England. NHS Scotland HAS invested more in nursing

  1. “How can you claim to be a health correspondent and report so badly “ A great question that deserves an answer.

    She claims to be a health correspondent but is in truth an anti Scottish Independence propagandist. Like the current fibber at the BBC Lisa Summers and her predecesor Elanor Bradford, then there’s helen Puttock at the times. Followed by Penny Latin and Kate Devlin

    There’s a whole platoon of health propagandists who pose as journalists. Between them they have failed to convey to the great ill-informed Scottish public just once that Per capita Scotland has 50% more nurses than England enjoys.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.