Readers may remember the BBC Scotland health correspondent referring to Tayside’s oncology department as ‘dysfunctional’ after they used a lower chemotherapy dose but when it emerged that the patient outcomes were no different, forgetting to apologise.
Before that their mental health services had been exposed as supposedly abusive, based on one whistle-blower and an investigation by a legal expert who clearly knew nothing of research methods and generated an enormous but largely padded report.
And before that, when they had sacked a senior member of staff for financial, not-criminal, misjudgements, they spent days on the case with reports peppered by indignant appearances and factual inaccuracies from Jenny Mara MSP.
Throughout it all, NHS Tayside’s A&E department has been a star performer, typically the best in Scotland and by definition, the best in the UK. BBC Scotland have not reported this.
This month (April 2020) they actually came in second to NHS Orkney, on 98.7%, but, of course, are not competing in the same league.