After our previous report on McArdle’s mean, grudging report in the Herald, we took time to have a look at the original research, from where our headline comes. The word ‘surprise’ does not appear anywhere:

https://online.boneandjoint.org.uk/doi/pdf/10.1302/2046-3758.17.BJO-2020-0077.R1

In the Herald, McArdle writes:

The findings from the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow are understood to have surprised surgeons, who were expecting mortality this group of patients – who tend to be elderly – to be much higher than normal.

There is no quote with the word surprise.

‘Are understood to have surprised surgeons?’

Ah, investigative journalism at its most unconvincing.

Is this why she, if no one else, was surprised?

See that ‘surgeon’ singular? The evidence for this claim has not emerged. Is the surgeon another in-law of Anas Sarwar or a pal of John Beattie?

So making things up and hiding good news to suit their Unionist agenda? If that’s what you want, subscribe below:

Why were we not surprised? The Health Secretary, Jeane Freeman, led NHS Scotland in its strategy of ensuring PPE never ran out and that pausing elective surgery meant it was never overwhelmed.

Some credit?

Anyone?