For several years now, I’ve been comparing the coverage of health matters in Scotland and in other parts of the UK. From changes in cancer treatment in Tayside, to the death of a single child, ‘after’ a hospital infection in Glasgow to delays in the completion of an Edinburgh hospital, only in Scotland do we see the opposition parties exploit pain and suffering to score points over the Scottish Government. Only in BBC Scotland, unlike BBC Wales or across the BBC in England, do we see these attacks foregrounded and maintained over long periods in headlines.
So yesterday, we see in the above, the SNP minister put into the firing line, ‘after’ one death, having to explain why evidence which emerged in March, as parliament went into recess and only two months before an election disrupts normal progress, it took some time to complete a “laborious process of going through their records” to identify the women before it was put in the public domain.
Despite this, Labour, Tories and the, surely too small now, Lib Dems are allowed to rant at imagined secrecy. The Greens seem to have, once more, refused to take part in what is a dark and foul-smelling theatre.
Compare the above with a similar error in England involving up to 270 lives:
No opposition party politician comments. Far less, three of them. No criticism of government is offered. Instead the minister announces a review, is allowed to apologise in dignity and with all of the blame directed at the health trusts.
In Labour Wales, the devolved government is not even mentioned in a cervical cancer report of failure:
Regular readers will know that none of this is new but here are some earlier accounts: