Multiple Herald Stories exaggerate numbers!

It was three hospitals, yesterday.

It was three wards in one hospital the previous.

The same Herald journalist (14) wrote these multiple (2) stories which use the word ‘multiple’ accurately if unhelpfully.

I wrote, previously and I repeat:

Do you think your headlines might discourage some anxious folk from attending? Might some then get worse, even die?

Is this the Herald’s trusted, quality journalism?

2 thoughts on “Multiple Herald Stories exaggerate numbers!”

  1. This is from a Guardian article in 2012. I think it is still relevant today since debt repayment for PFI and its re-branded sibling PPP is still going on across the UK. The level of corruption in the UK today is staggering. Professor Pollock is owed a debt of gratitude.

    While miserable Scots journalists complain about the effect of covid 19 on ward closures in Scotland, this stuff routinely gets ignored.

    “The cost to the taxpayer of paying for rigged interest rates which resulted in fines of £940m for the Swiss bank UBS was not addressed by the chancellor in his relaunch of the controversial private finance initiative (PFI) to PF2 in this year’s autumn statement….

    …But how many existing PFI deals were signed on the basis of manipulated interest rates and indexation, causing the repayments to rise annually, and why has the Serious Fraud Office not moved to open all PFI contracts to forensic examination? Unless it does, banks such as UBS and Barclays may continue to profit from deals at the expense of the NHS budget for patient care.

    The NHS is generating huge profits and bonuses for the financial services industry under PFI contracts, while repayment terms for the debts are crippling the NHS. In the South London Hospital Trust, for example, debt payments in one of its PFI hospitals, Bromley, are increasing at about £1m a year partly because of complex financial instruments known as derivatives that are based on the Libor rate. Meanwhile, total trust income has fallen by £20m over the last three years. A special administrator appointed by the government is recommending that nearby Lewisham hospital be downgraded to bail out the PFI.

    Scores of other hospitals are wrestling with the same problem of a steadily rising cost of PFI repayments linked to inflation. In Peterborough hospital’s £411m PFI deal, debts are predicted to reach £54.3m this year. The National Audit Office (NAO) concluded in November that it was not affordable from the word go and should never have been signed. The health union Unison estimates that by the time the trust has paid off the 33-year contract in 2043 it will have cost it a total of £1.96bn. So, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge presided last month over the opening of a near-bankrupt new PFI hospital.”


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