Reporting Scotland’s second* Covid-19 dirty trick? Exploiting ONE man’s trauma and faking a wider crisis from it

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  • After the hand cleansers not in right place scandal
  • Here’s the headline claim:

‘We hear about a man with MND left lying on a floor for hours due to a lack of crisis care as his brother self-isolated.’

Here’s the truth of the situation:

‘The local social care partnership said it offered respite care to Richard, 50, but he turned it down. He told them he wanted to remain in his own home.’

So, with care staff unavoidably reduced by the coronavirus outbreak, the man is offered temporary care in a respite centre but refuses it. The brother self-isolates and doesn’t visit for several days. Another family member finds him on the floor. I can see why it’s distressing but they were offered a safe solution. Must public services be able to meet any demand regardless of what is possible?

More important, this single case is not evidence of a wider crisis, on its own. It cannot be but, once more Reporting Scotland contravene their own editorial guidelines to imply a wider crisis on the basis of a single event.

6 thoughts on “Reporting Scotland’s second* Covid-19 dirty trick? Exploiting ONE man’s trauma and faking a wider crisis from it”

  1. They had the brother on radio Scotland yesterday – and he was being fair (considering his situation, self isolating and unable to help his brother), but highlighting that there is a gap in the care services ability to make an emergency response, because his brother had refused care services before they couldn’t then quickly add him when needed, and I’m sure there are quite a few vulnerable people that fall into the gap. I’m not sure how RS reported on this, but radio Scotland seemed to be fair on it, and highlighting it will be good to alert community volunteers to find people that might need to be checked on. I thought, anyway.

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    1. Perhaps Miles Briggs could have given the poor man his spare room, or even moved in with him.

      Miles being all heart, or should that be—– all Bullsh!t ?

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  2. The thing is this was supposed to be an SNP baad story , at least we got to hear the brother HAD been offered help and refused it , we don’t normally get that extra bit of information from BBC Scotland! .

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    1. Yes, it was the way in which the story was presented, with the ‘shock, horror’ being in the headline and then at the start of the actual report. It did mention, relatively early that the man concerned had refused assistance. So, there was an attempt at balanced reporting, better than we had come to expect.

      I see that Ms Fiona Henderson, the consultant who had complained about hand cleaner at the doors, was interviewed again this morning. She was a bit self-congratulatory (I felt), juxtaposing the NHS decision, yesterday, to ban hospital visiting, with her whistleblowing.

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