19 babies stillborn, 46 with brain damage but NO calls for Health Secretary to resign

In a staggeringly appalling account from BBC Nottingham, we read:


An investigation by Channel 4 News and the Independent reported 46 babies had suffered brain damage and 19 were stillborn in Nottingham in recent years.

The BBC has found there have been at least seven preventable deaths of babies between 2015 and 2020.

Both maternity services run by NUH are rated as inadequate by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Through a freedom of information probe, BBC News has learned there have been 34 maternity investigations following adverse incidents at NUH since 2018.

They have involved:

Three maternal deaths

22 babies who faced potential severe brain injury

Four neonatal deaths

Five stillbirths

The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) has identified numerous deficiencies in care and made 74 recommendations to NUH across all the cases they investigated.

BBC UK don’t mention it and BBC England clearly don’t rate it headline worthy.

In the BBC Nottingham report there is no mention of any politician. Only the board is accused of anything.

Imagine a fraction of this happened in Scotland? Well you know what would happen if only one child died from a potential hospital error, or a hospital build was delayed. this:

Only BBC Scotland politicises health. It’s an agenda.

14 thoughts on “19 babies stillborn, 46 with brain damage but NO calls for Health Secretary to resign

  1. “Look, look—a pigeon”!
    “SNP—–Bad, bad, bad!”

    This has been an information film, brought to you from BBC Scotland and MI5, on behalf of the British government, the Queen, Lard Baron Ffoulkesakia, DRossie O’Byre and Lady Baroness Lundin-Slinky.

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  2. Ah but such does not represent that everything The UK does is indeed World Class
    Just as the following is World Class but at the bottom of the table as opposed to the top
    And it is not the premier table i refer too
    But one of a good few below
    1.Highest trade deficit
    2.Lowest pensions
    3.Highest debt
    4.Highest inequality
    5.lowest productivity
    6.Falling life expectancy
    7.Rapidly expanding child poverty
    8. Complete lack of any World class industry
    9.Democratic system no longer fit for purpose
    10.A conventional defence system that is unable to protect us from serious attack
    On Monday Russia sent videos of its latest hypersonic (9.5 mach ) 400 kg warhead 1800 km range,now in commission for launch from sea,land or air to any target
    Along with a invite for RN warships to enter sovereign waters to test the missiles capabilities should they care to venture upon such a jolly
    And that ABC (BBC ) come along to report on the outcome of their little adventure

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  3. This is clearly evidence of the poor quality of BBC Nottingham reporters that they CANNOT find a link to the SNP Health minister . Had this been BBC Shortbread then they would have soon uncovered the ”truth”.

    I am sure that with a little diligent digging BBC Scotland would have discovered that Humza has either passed through or , perhaps, even stayed overnight in that area and so is complicit in this dreadful series of events .

    This would have triggered a documentary ”exclusive ” on BBC Disclosures highlighting the travel patterns of SNP ministers and their culpability in so many ”hidden” disasters that can be laid at their door – with only a little stretching of facts .

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  4. Aye, there were many more such “scandals” across all England when HMS Sarah Smith was running “homicidal showerhead” and “incontinent pigeon” tactics in Scotland, it didn’t matter a damn to them the stress they put Jeanne Freeman under, or the confusion (and frankly complete disbelief) among the public, their job was to obscure and throw shit…

    We are seeing similar now with their “Isn’t Scotland’s NHS struggling” and “vaccination horror” stories, England expects every Hon to do their duty and they do…

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  5. I’ve just been listening to the Radio 4 news. They do air criticism of the UK Government occasionally, but I’m always astonished by the sheer number of their news items that start with “The government says” or “The Prime Minister says”. As we all know, it’s the headline that counts. The fact that they allow some criticism later in the report is by the way, and is the opposite to what happens on “the news where you are” which always starts with claims by opposition politicians or union types from the NHS or Education.

    Off topic, but has anyone else spotted the BBC Scotland item on admissions from A&E? It’s at https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-57903066, which they had in a Tweet 11 hours ago with the words –
    “Emergency department admissions this year are almost 40% higher than pre-pandemic levels, figures show.”
    The inference is that a lot more people who go to A&E now are either admitted to the hospital, or transferred to a different hospital.

    The website article originally included the statement that –
    “Public Health Scotland publishes monthly figures on emergency departments, with the most recent showing admissions up to 27 June.
    Weekly admissions rose above the 2018-2019 average in the first week of 2021 and have remained there ever since.”

    You won’t find that statement now as the website has been updated to remove it. It was linked in a Tweet by Lisa Summers 2 hours later, with the words –
    “Why are Scotland’s emergency departments so busy?”

    You’ll spot the difference from the Tweet wording, but may struggle a bit to find the small-print excuse on the updated website –
    “The above section originally used Public Health Scotland data to show that admissions through emergency departments in 2021 were higher than the pre-pandemic average. However, this data only counts admissions to the A&E “speciality” and not all emergency admissions via A&E and the story has been updated to reflect this.”

    The whole focus of the article has changed. Although there is no longer any data quoted on admissions, the vice chairman of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) still gets a chunk of the article to discuss why admissions have gone up.

    I’d still like to pursue the truth on admissions, so I’ve scoured PHS and other relevant websites, and couldn’t find admission data after May 2021, and the only data I have is monthly. If anyone can find the data I (appear to be) missing, please let me know.

    Note: Plotting the monthly data up to May doesn’t seem to support BBC Scotland’s original story, just that the percentage admitted from A&E increased a bit in both April 2020 and Jan/Feb 2021, and then dropped back to normal in May 2021.

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    1. I’d observed on the piece earlier under John’s “Young people are not slowing Scotland’s vaccine drive but BBC does threaten it” article, but it was the tenor and slant I was highlighting.
      It seems fairly clear this is yet another “concerned” diversion to imminent bad news in England, it appears to have become Scottish media’s primary tasking.

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    2. PHS Scotland took over responsibility for publication of data from ISD Scotland. You will find the reports under Publications on the PHS web site. The Publications site also contains all the Covid reports

      Tuesday is usually the day when they publish reports on various as[pects of NHS Scotland activity. For example: Norovirus cases, Teenage pregnancies, Drug prescribing and of course A&E activity.

      A&E reports are published weekly – usually a week in arrears, and monthly. The monthly report is usually the more accurate because they have had time to collate all the data. May would be the last monthly report published. The report for June will probably be published in the next week or two.

      In the meantime here is the link to the summary of the weekly report for the week ending 11th July/

      https://publichealthscotland.scot/publications/nhs-performs-weekly-update-of-emergency-department-activity-and-waiting-time-statistics/nhs-performs-weekly-update-of-emergency-department-activity-and-waiting-time-statistics-week-ending-11-july-2021/ You will find links to the full weekly report on that page.

      I usually check weekly and was surprised when the reports this week talked about ‘increases’. Pre-pandemic weekly A&E cases ran at between 25,000 to 30,000 of which around a quarter usually needed admitted to hospital. AS you will see from the data from the week ending 11th July there were around 25,000 visits to A&E which is close to the lower end of the pre-pandemic range.

      Hope this helps

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      1. As far as I can see, it’s only the monthly report that gives admissions, which is why my attempts came to a halt with the May report. The weekly reports only give the stats for waiting time, i.e. from time of arrival until the time of discharge, admission or transfer – and don’t give the split between discharges and admissions/transfers, which is what the BBC were originally misrepresenting.

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        1. I have followed the A&E data – weekly and monthly – for some years and as I said admissions run around 25% or just over of total attendances which as you point out appear in the monthly reports.

          I have selected some data from 2019, 2020, 2021 to illustrate this.
          Pre-pandemic
          Oct 2019, 142,587, 25.4% admitted; 88% seen and dealt with within 4 hours
          Nov 2019, 141,868, 26.5% admitted, 85.5% seen and dealt with within 4 hours
          Jan 2020, 138,724, 26.6% admitted,
          This period would likely cover part of the flu season.

          Covid started Feb/March 2020. Numbers attending dropped considerably.
          July 2020, 112,173, 27.8% admitted, 95.1% seen and dealt with within 4 hours
          Dec 2020, 93,829, 31% admitted, 86.4% seen and dealt with within 4 hours. At this point we were into the second wave and the higher percentage admitted may reflect the increase in Covid related admissions.
          Feb 2021, 88,423, 32.6% admitted, 86.2% dealt with within 4 hours. Covid cases in 2nd wave still high and higher percentage being admitted.

          The actual numbers admitted in any month will depend on the total number attending but overall it is a fairly steady percentage apart from the months when Covid cases were at their height in early 2021 when the percentages admitted via A&E were just over 30% but from a very low number of overall attendances. The increase in the percentages of those admitted in Dec2020 & Feb 2021 may not be solely Covid related. It was winter after all and a snowy, icy one plus flu cases although they were lower than normal – masks and much lower social mixing.

          I have put this together quickly so hope it makes some sense. I think the media reports may have moved between percentage admissions and actual numbers when it suited the case/spin they were trying to put on this

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          1. Thanks Legerwood. The original BBC Scotland report said they had weekly admission data in July (can’t be exact about the date they mentioned since they removed their claims in the webpage update). They claimed the *numbers* were much worse than the 2018-19 average for admissions.

            The point you make about “reports may have moved between percentage admissions and actual numbers when it suited the case/spin they were trying to put on this” certainly applied in their original article.

            This sort of thing drives me up the wall, especially when it turns out to be difficult/impossible to find the source data. In some cases, media reports are based on press releases which can’t be found till later, but I’m convinced they deliberately leave out the source reference in many cases.

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            1. George S Gordon

              Agree with you about the press etc never giving a source for their data but I suspect that it is culled from the ISD Scotland and PHS publications. The political parties usually claim their data comes from FoI requests which always strikes me as odd since so much of the data, reams and reams of it, are already in the public domain. Another feature of press releases, and sometimes media stories, is that they cover an odd time period. For example, ‘the last 7 years’ or the ‘last 4 years’. That always gets my alarm bells ringing because it suggests if they had used 10 years or 5 years the picture would be entirely different.

              The PHS site is not quite as easy to use as the ISD Scotland site was but if you use a search term and date filter as I did last night you should get what your looking for. The ISD Scotland site still has all the material it produced over the years archived and thus available for use.

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    3. George S Gordon
      Further to my earlier post here is a link to the weekly data for week ending 8th March 2020 – just before lockdown. You will see that the attendances were around 26,000 so not that much more than the attendances for the week ending 11th July 2021.

      https://publichealthscotland.scot/publications/nhs-performs-weekly-update-of-emergency-department-activity-and-waiting-time-statistics/nhs-performs-weekly-update-of-emergency-department-activity-and-waiting-time-statistics-week-ending-8-march-2020/

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  6. A wumin thrown out of Westminster today, for telling the truth about the parade of lies told by the Prime Minister.

    Time for the SNP to tell the truth about the parade of lies told by the BBC in Scotland—and the colonial press.

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