Again, early in the morning, Reporting Scotland’s editor has chosen to follow a story of only possible overload in only one hospital, in a wider system massively robust, with a tale of suffering among the country’s unpaid carers and using an extended, morbid, focus on one couple.
Unpaid carers are being pushed to the limit according to a charity with the loss of vital service during the pandemic.
To make that kind of claim, you’d need a strong response to your survey.
I found the survey methods:
Carers UK carried out an online survey between 11th and 28th September 2020. A total of 5,904 carers and former carers responded to the survey. This included 5,583 current carers and 321 former carers. Compared to the carer population as a whole, respondents to this survey were more likely to be female and caring for a high number of hours every week. As not all respondents completed every question in the survey, a number of the figures given in this report, including those presented here, are based upon responses from fewer than 5,904 carers. 63% live in England, 13% live in Scotland, 10% live in Wales and 14% live in Northern Ireland.
So, 590 carers responded in Scotland but an unspecified number did not complete the questionnaire?
There are 759 000 carers in Scotland, according to Carers UK, who did the survey.
So, 0.78% of carers in Scotland took part but not all answered every question?
I know they’re a worthy group but it’s no use.