This man is no more the ‘Scottish medical chief’ than Arthur Scargill was the chief of mining or Bob Crow was chief of the railways. He’s the leader of the doctor’s trade union, the BMA and he’s cynically prepared to scare you to death so that you’ll accept the need for more doctors and better pay and conditions for them.
There’s nothing unusual in that but the Scotsman is using him to further their blatantly obvious agenda of undermining confidence in NHS Scotland and by association, the Scottish Government, the SNP and the whole notion of our competence to run our own affairs.
Here’s how the report opens:
This is the second time, I’ve had to clarify what Buist is.
In the Herald only two days ago, responding to the same rubbish:
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:
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:
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.’
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:
And, as for the millions of flu vaccinations, I was jagged in about 45 secs in a walk-through tent with not one doctor present.
And, as for grappling with covid-19 patients, leaving aside the flaws in getting that close to them, the numbers in hospital are increasing slowly but there are only 210 in hospital, 22 in ICU in the whole of Scotland!
Buist, to paraphrase punk band, the Dead Kennedys, needs a holiday in Camden.