BBC Scotland’s Magazine Health Correspondent, Lisa Summers, has a passion for suffering.
If you watch Reporting Scotland Down too much, you’ll be suffering from low mood. I can’t do it any more and rely on friends of The Tusker to alert me to their worst excesses.
With her trusty camera operator, Summers has given us a series of interviews with tearful sufferers, where she gets them to talk and, if possible, sob about their suffering.
However, her job isn’t to make us greet too but to inform us about the reality of life across Scotland’s hospitals and other health settings.
This report suggests that we’re not grasping the true awfulness of the situation in ICU wards and we need a ‘reality check.’
To that end, she interviews two patients, one nurse and one doctor to help construct a darker reality for us.
I don’t know about you but my reality checks need a bit more, some statistics maybe?
Just over a month ago, BBC Scotland’s Steven Brocklehurst offered us this:
In a piece titled Covid: Are hospitals in Scotland close to capacity? we saw that the pressure on ICUs was not even near the baseline never mind the surge capacity and Dr David Chung said:
Thankfully ICU doesn’t appear to be under the same pressure from Covid.
Yes, but that was a month ago, things must be worse now? No. See:
Well, there were 111 in ICU in early November but only 80 yesterday and the total has been less than 100 since November 11th, more than two weeks ago.
I’m finding that reality a bit more convincing and reassuring.
Reassuring? Someone won’t like that.