BBC Scotland’s proxy war ramps up

Today, three out of five headline stories are about the the public inquiry into new Scottish hospitals in Glasgow and Edinburgh. In one case, the most photographed mother and child tragedy image ever, appears again to make the puzzling case that a forthcoming inquiry, regardless of the facts, must come up with the finding that suits the ‘truth’ acceptable to the parents and to the opposition politician, sponsoring their protest against the health board’s expert report.

As Scotland’s remarkable success in suppressing the coronavirus outbreak continues and as England slides into despair, BBC Scotland gives that little attention and no credit but, rather, pursues the only tactic it has – the alleged failures of NHS Scotland to treat one or two children, to the satisfaction of their parents.

This is a proxy war.

Unable to find serious fault in the Scottish Government’s performance over some time now, BBC Scotland focuses on that infinitely improvable area where they cannot be perfect – health care.

Now, hold on! When I say ‘war’ I’m not suggesting a carefully planned strategy with a supremo in the tent poring over a map and passing down commands via his inner circle to the troops on the front-line. No such top-down system is required.

The troops know what to do. They sniff out weaknesses and just go for them, like the Orcs in Lord of the Rings. In the past, they learned from those such as the now-retired General Boothman, what kind of attack he favoured. These days, they watch Captain Smith and Sergeant Campbell returning bloodied from the field and learn from them just what you can away with in terms of sneakiness.

So, today, three of them came up with stories about NHS ‘failures’ and in they go.

This doesn’t reveal a plan just an underlying culture where the smell of blood triggers action.

I don’t think I need, these days, to show you that BBC England, Wales and Northern Ireland never do this kind of thing.

6 thoughts on “BBC Scotland’s proxy war ramps up”

  1. You sure are right – they are going full throttle on GMS. They’ve started, now, talking about people having to go south (to private health care which is soooooo much better of course), for chronic pain treatment. Now I don’t blame the folk that are in chronic pain – you can’t think straight and it feels like it will never end and constant, relentless – and it must be awful to have those services cut for those that the self help advice doesn’t work,,, or where prescriptions aren’t,,,, given? Actually, I don’t know how chronic pain treatment works – I take it isn’t just a big pile of painkillers? When I had sciatica I got a big pile of painkillers.

    Can anyone enlighten me as to what is involved in chronic pain treatment?

    Anyway, clip of Jason Leitch explanation stuff – I actually think he’s done really well during the pandemic, he held his hands up to the times he made incorrect statements and has constantly been out there being a general public voice and supporting government – then GMS, 10x louder says “BUT THATS NOT GOOD ENOUGH” (says blah blah). The volume variation on the radio these days can be quite extreme.

    Luckily that’s my hour of ‘news’ over, and I can relax now.

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    1. “Can anyone enlighten me as to what is involved in chronic pain treatment?”

      A couple of examples.

      In my daughter’s case of severe stomach pains (Scotland) it was as follows:
      1) She went to the GP and was asked to stop all painkillers so they could assess her symptoms properly. (Not pleasant for either of us).
      2) She was given medium-strength not OtC painkillers to try. (Free, obvs) Didn’t touch it.
      3) Given NHS hospital appointment for a raft of tests. Fortunately clear, but still in acute pain. Had a scan, seemed to be a problem with a gastric nerve. Referred to NHS Pain Management Clinic.
      4) Given a really nasty injection, targetted on an X-ray(?) machine. Also NHS. She was told to come back if it was no better. It worked and she said even though it was awful, she’d have it again if the pain came back

      Job done. If it hadn’t been, her dad would have sent her for a second opinion – to a private hospital (because we DO have them) using his medical insurance.

      Nephew in England suffers from acute pain as a result of a back injury. He really is a chronic pain sufferer. He’s rarely 100% free from pain but tries to keep medication to a minimum. He has a Richter scale, where 1=a couple of paracetamol and 10=what have you got?

      Every few months, he goes to his Pain Management Clinic for an injection.

      He’s also NHS, on repeat prescription but he has to pay. Fortunately there’s a kind of season ticket that you buy once a year.

      The thing is, though, that in both cases – especially my nephew’s – no matter how uncomfortable you are, there comes a point where THERE’S NOTHING MORE TO BE DONE.

      So my questions would be:
      1) How far along the exploratory/treatment path had they gone?
      2) I can understand the need for a 2nd opinion, but why not a Scottish private hospital? (That said, different treatments are sometimes available in different health authorities. Q2a Had they explored that first?)

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      1. Thanks very much for both these descriptions iusedtobeenglish. I was imagining the second situation – where the cause of the pain is known – I hadn’t considered injections though and I expect that can be a problem if you can’t get it while things are bad.

        The first description is treating – or diagnosing – the *cause* of chronic pain, which is obviously needed, but when I heard ‘treatment for chronic pain sufferers’ ,,, well, pedantic as I am, I assumed that would be a different category!

        The subject – people’s health in total, in fact – is far too complex to make sensationalist headlines at all – and I don’t think any of us actually believe they were sent packing without a thought. Each person’s situation will be unique, and we can’t blame people in chronic pain for moaning or for their decisions to try and relieve it. The media are scoundrels for sensationalising it.


  2. This is for you John, have a good day.

    “It is not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit.”
    ― J.R.R. Tolkien

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  3. Spotted that article and thought here we go, another season of ABC’s incontinent pigeons, contaminated water and the inevitable “Milly” pic and distraught mother.

    Skipped through the article by Lisa Summers, ludicrously described as “Analysis” (BBC term for copy/paste?) but almost keeled over laughing at “The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow has only been open for five years, but it can’t escape negative headlines”, deftly omitting from the “Analysis” that ABC were the primary source of those very headlines.

    I guess a rinse/repeat of Poison Pennington and antisemitic specialist hunter Campbell’s sombre monologue will feature on Gloom Moaning Scotland and Mis-Reporting Scotland for the foreseeable future…
    Thank God I’m only on the internet otherwise I’d wear out the Mute button…


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