Cumberland Royal Infirmary: Image Solid State Fire and Security

Can you imagine what Reporting Scotland‘s Lisa Summers could do with this story if she lived in Cumbria?

You have to read between a few lines and join up a few dots to find out what happened in the Dumfries & Galloway ‘cluster.’

In the TV briefing as the news broke, Prof Jason Leitch said:

The initial first case that we were aware of is a health worker from the Carlisle hospital and that may be connected to an outbreak at that hospital, but we can’t be sure yet.

From BBC Scotland yesterday:

Prof Leitch said the most recent case was not connected to the other households involved but had “an independent connection” to a Carlisle hospital.

So the first and most recent cases are from the Carlisle hospital but Scotland’s media are shying away from making any explicit connnection. It contrasts markedly with their quick and careless conclusions when a fungus perhaps fed by pigeon poo infected but did not harm three or four patients in Glasgow’s ‘troubled’ super-hospital.

How troubled is the Carlisle hospital? In June 2016:

Carlisle’s MP does not believe money alone will solve the problems at the city’s troubled hospital. And John Stevenson – who met with senior health bosses this week -hopes that enough improvements have now been made to bring the Cumberland Infirmary out of special measures.

We can probably forget about this. It was 4 years ago. BBC Reporting Scotland would never go on using the term once it had been shown to be nonsense, would they?

More recently:

Just as they took weeks to get round to reading the inspection report for the Skye care home, BBC Scotland and the others may get round to this later when they can find some way to blame Jean Freeman for it.

BBC Cumbria are not all over the story: