I stole this story from an eagle-eyed Dr Phillipa Whitford MP tweet.
That headline is a belter, a howler, the cringyest of cringy. Why? Well it looks bad doesn’t it? £46 fn million!!?? Yousaf must go? Bring back Freeman and make her resign before she retires again? The people have a right to know how this ‘SNP Scottish Government’ has let them down?
Normally with BBC Scotland you have to read down to the 28th paragraph for anything reassuring but this time, perhaps feeling the headline will do its job for the Union, they let us see the facts by only the second and third:
Hospital infections cost NHS Scotland more than £46m every year, new research has revealed.
The Glasgow Caledonian University led study found 1% of patients develop hospital associated infections (HAIs).
It compares favourably with previous estimates for the UK (7.8%) and recent figures from Europe (3%).https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-57942366
So, hospital infection in England is around 7 to 8 times higher? Be very careful not to get hurt if you cross the border.
And, it’s on average, 3 times higher in Europe?
Now that’s the news, headline news.