Another trade union secretary stirs it up for his members to imagine an NHS ‘crisis’

In the Herald today:

THE NHS is facing the worst crisis in its 72-year history, doctors’ leaders in Scotland have warning, saying the entire system could ‘overheat’ because of the combined pressures of winter and Covid and the weight of public expectation. Dr Andrew Buist, Chairman of BMA Scotland’s GP committee, said he believed the SNP government was reluctant to give a true picture of the increasing limitations of a public service that remains a source of national pride because of fears that ‘opposition politicians will make capital out of it’.

From their own site:

The British Medical Association is the trade union and professional body for doctors in the UK.

The opening quote is probably from the BMA in England just lazily adopted for the Scottish context by a trade union leader, not a ‘doctors’ leader.

Is the EIS General Secretary, Larry Flanagan, a ‘leading educationist?

Why is this more guff? Even in April, we knew this:

Staffing Level:

NHS Scotland has 50% more nurses per head of population than NHS England:

NHS Scotland has 20% more consultants per head of population than NHS England:

Previous Performance:

Typically in NHS Scotland, only 2% or less of operations are ever cancelled due to lack of staff or resources:

The WHO in 2019 said: Scotland’s health system is to be congratulated for a multi-year effort that has produced some of the largest population-wide reductions in surgical deaths ever documented.’

Government Support:

Scotland has a unique system of improving the quality of health care. It focuses on engaging the altruistic professional motivations of frontline staff to do better, and building their skills to improve. Success is defined based on specific measurements of safety and effectiveness that make sense to clinicians.

Scotland’s smaller size as a country supports a more personalised, less formal approach than in England. The Scottish NHS has also benefited from a continuous focus on quality improvement over many years. It uses a consistent, coherent method where better ways of working are tested on a small scale, quickly changed, and then rolled out. Unlike in the rest of the UK, this is overseen by a single organisation that both monitors the quality of care and also helps staff to improve it.

Research Report, July 2017, Learning from Scotland’s NHS at:

7 thoughts on “Another trade union secretary stirs it up for his members to imagine an NHS ‘crisis’”

  1. Those poor ‘opposition politicians’, denied a voice by the SNP.
    BritNats would sell off the SNHS quick as a flash if they could. Remember the chaos they caused due to outsourcing cleaning etc, it was diabolical. The Labour branch when at the helm in Holyrood for ten years, planned to close Edinburgh’s Western general hospital. They were running it into the ground to prepare for that, it would have been a massive development


    1. ‘Sent’ by mistake.
      It would have been a very lucrative development site for Labours’ PFI scam. The Western general was saved by the skin of it’s teeth when the SNP came to be voted in at Holyrood. They have invested in it hugely, it’s a major cancer and research centre and crucial to the population of Edinburgh. Imagine having one hospital for a population of half a million, on the outskirts of the city. Built using PFI scam by Labour branch in Scotland, the ERI was not a good design either, they had serious problems with the heating system, (too hot) and capacity was nowhere near enough for the city and outlying areas. Staff were charged huge sums just to park their cars, all part of the Labour scam. Disgraceful, unforgiveable in fact.

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      1. ArtyHetty

        Re labour party
        At the next election give them a vote that comes in the form of
        A bullet out the barrel of a gun
        And dispatch them to the Morgue
        Be kind though let them choose as to
        Which morgue
        Western General or ERI
        Justice must be poetic should it not


  2. Ok. This time you got it right. BMA = trade Union.

    I thought when I was reading the article in The Herald that the description of the changes about how A&E would be organised sounded suspiciously like the ‘appointment’ system that was proposed a few weeks ago for NHS England’s A&E departments. I have not heard anything to suggest such a system or any variant thereof was being proposed for Scotland. Weekly figures for A&E departments in Scotland show that 90% of patients are being seen within the 4 hour target albeit on a slightly reduced attendance 23k or so per week as opposed to 25k plus per week normally.

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