First thing this morning on BBC Scotland, we hear:
Ten days after tough restrictions came into force aimed at tackling a sharp rise in coronavirus cases in the Central Belt, senior clinicians from NHS Lothian say they’ve seen a dramatic rise in the number of patients admitted to hospital. At St John’s Hospital in Livingston, one Covid ward is already full and space is being created elsewhere. Staff there, say they’re worried about what the next few weeks will hold.
I had to replay that opening line but I’m still unsure what they’re trying to say.
Usually, for Reporting Scotland ‘after‘ is the preferred choice to imply ‘caused by‘ when they say things like:
Two babies died in a Glasgow hospital after fungal infections were found in their blood.
Are they trying to imply, sneakily, that the restrictions have not worked? I don’t want to seem paranoid so I asked a 21 year-old university student and a 65 year-old recently retired form the NHS. Both said:
They’re suggesting the restrictions have not worked.
BBC Scotland, then interviewed one clinician who talked of ‘challenge‘ but didn’t mention the fact that NHS Scotland had coped with the massive surge in April and May nor the that the back-up Louisa Jordan had not been needed.