Regulars here will remember the above Glasgow anaesthetist (right) prophesying infection doom after noticing wrongly placed hand-sanitisers, in her opinion as one who is not an infection control specialist in the QEUH. Her comments then went viral and she was interviewed or quoted on every BBC Scotland outlet.

Needless to say, there is no breakdown in Nick Triggle’s report (left) for BBC Health today. He does claim that the research report from King’s College indicates that overall the infection rate in hospitals was low but we don’t hear of any differences between hospitals in the 4 nations or in Italy. As far as I can see there is no such detail in the anonymised report.

Triggle, you may remember repeatedly uses the wrong A&E data for NHS England to narrow the apparent gap with the far superior NHS Scotland performance. His writing will have been a big help to the PM when he explodes with fake news about NHS Scotland having ‘resilience problems.’

I’ve often requested a breakdown of research data to reveal something about Scotland and get mostly ignored or denied access but in this case, Dr Ben Carter responded quickly and helpfully with this:

At first sight, in percentage terms, the Covid-19 hospital-acquired infection rates seem similar but when you look at the raw numbers things seem different.

On average, the two English hospitals had 262 cases, the four Welsh hospitals had 146 cases, the Italian hospital had 154 cases but the four Scottish hospitals had only 72 cases.

Further why so few English and so many Scots and Welsh hospitals in the thus skewed sample? Did the English hospitals fear exposure? Did Matt Hancock tell them not to take part?


Data were collected across ten centres in the UK (Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr [Caerphilly], Royal Gwent Hospital [Newport], Nevill Hall Hospital [Abergavenny], Southmead Hospital Bristol [Bristol], Aberdeen Royal Infirmary [Aberdeen], Royal Alexandra Hospital [Paisley], Royal Inverclyde Hospital [Inverclyde], Salford Royal Infirmary [Salford], Glasgow Royal Infirmary [Glasgow], and the University Hospital of Wales [Cardiff]) and one Italian hospital (University Hospital of Modena Policlinico [Modena]).