Reporting Scotland stalking chronic pain sufferers on behalf of Scottish Labour

Revealing herself to be a worthy successor to Lisa Summers and fully integrated into the Sarah Smith / Glen Campbell school of cringe, Fiona Stalker goes ambulance-chasing for chronic pain sufferers whose experience can be used against NHS Scotland and by association the SNP leaders.

I wonder will she have bothered to search for any more reliable evidence of NHS Scotland’s performance or are one or two individuals prepared to cry on screen more her thing?

Might this, from 2016, be informative for the viewers?

England and Wales currently have fewer pain doctors than Scotland and Northern Ireland and that there are wide regional variations in the number of doctors specializing in pain medicine across England.


Returning to the ‘some‘ she has already stalked:

Who are they? How many? Who told you about them? Have you checked if they are relatives of opposition MSPs? Are they members of the opposition parties? Are they members of Scotland in Union or relatives of members?

I might be able to answer the third question – Monica Lennon. No! I hear you cry. Surely not. See this in the Express and Star:

Labour health spokeswoman Monica Lennon is co-convener of the Scottish Parliament’s cross-party group on chronic pain (Andrew Milligan/PA) Ms Lennon said she has been contacted by sufferers who have “had to travel to England and pay privately for pain injections because they are not able to access their usual treatment”.

See that word ‘privately‘ Ms Stalker? If you find ‘some‘ travelling to England for private treatment as opposed to for free NHS England treatment, that would be a very different thing wouldn’t it?

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4 thoughts on “Reporting Scotland stalking chronic pain sufferers on behalf of Scottish Labour

  1. BBC Hootsmon strikes again.
    As NHS England is exposed to yet another huge health scandal (Shropshire maternity scandal), with zero reference by BBC England to the English Health Minister, BBC Hootsmon, trawls for disgruntled Brit Nats with a skelf, blister or bruised ego ( no, not true. Carlot’s big red ego is immune to all bruising).
    If they find someone, just one skelf, then expect calls for Freeman to quit or be jailed.

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  2. There are several things within Ms Stalker’s piece which need to be examined.

    Is her issue the fact that some sufferers from chronic pain are seeking private treatment or the fact that some are travelling to England?

    With regard to the first, although I have never suffered chronic pain, I have had mercifully short periods with things like frozen shoulder, trapped nerve, sciatica and know how awful the experience was. I have known people who have had chronic pain and could see how much they suffered and how they would do anything to get some relief. Since the NHS began many people with chronic pain have not had the services – which are mainly physiotherapy – form the NHS. There are such services available under the NHS, but they have always been underfunded, for a variety of reasons, such as the fact that they are time and labour intensive and because they have been elbowed aside by the vested interests of the big battalions, particularly the pharmaceutical industry and sectional groups like the BMA, RCN, etc. There are many outstanding physiotherapists available, but lack opportunities within the NHS and go into private practice. Sports injuries, for example, has been a major growth service and has developed very effective ways of dealing with chronic pain. However, much of this is directed to professional sports such as football, tennis, athletics, rugby, etc. More affluent people can often access such services via their private gyms and sports clubs. So, the NHS is not a well-remunerated option for physios. In addition, for many NHS users the pharmaceutical pain suppression approach is what they get – because it is cheaper and more patients can be dealt with in short times by GP surgeries which are under time pressures. The pharma route does not cure – it just pushes the problem further down the road and, usually, becomes diminishingly less effective as people’s immune systems resist the intrusive chemicals. So, in desperation (literally), people will pay for expensive private treatment.

    Now, such private treatments are as available in Scotland as they are elsewhere in the UK or, indeed, Europe, and it is to these that almost all users in Scotland go. They are as available in the areas around Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee, for example as they are around London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds. So, why the reference to ENGLAND in Ms Stalker’s piece? Scotland baaaad????

    Because of the Covid-19 crisis NHS a policy decision was made in all four parts of the UK that the service had to be focussed on containing the epidemic and ensuring sufficient space within hospitals. This was a pretty stark utilitarian choice because it was sen to benefit the greatest number of people. Thus, a lot of services were curtailed or postponed within the NHS, and some chronic pain sufferers were amongst these.

    A disgracefully cynical partisan POLITICAL point being made by Ms Stalker.

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