It’s almost perfectly bad but surely a child’s face with a well-placed tear could be found? Better still, combine that with one of Jeanne Freeman and Nicola Sturgeon looking angry?
I know, Alex Cole-Hamilton, when he comes up with the idea for the Herald story!
The Lib Dems and the care of kids is a theme that needs some work after the UK leader, David Steele, recommending the serial paedophile, Cyril Smith, for a knighthood and then their Scottish leader, Willie Rennie, refusing to condemn Steele for turning a blind eye to the abuse.
Makes you wonder why the Herald didn’t put Cole-Hamilton in the image or the headline.
The headline could not otherwise be improved….if your purpose is to win a melodramatic nonsense award.
The story is based on a Freedom of Information request to the health boards and the usual cub-reporter approach to statistics.
How many children shared this waiting? No mention of that. Why use days and not weeks?
They wanted millions!
There are, of course statistics published:
How many were seen? Around 15 000 in 2019/20.
The average waiting time? It was between 11 and 13 weeks or around 80 to 100 days if you need a bigger number.
So, 2 million days spread over 15 000 and then converted to weeks?
‘Children waiting 19 weeks for treatment’
Is it getting worse? Slightly but not enough for the Lib Dems: