Reporting Scotland’s health correspondent, Lisa Summers, is an old hand at turn anecdotal comments into to an imagined crisis affecting NHS Scotland more widely and, by implication, suggesting that the SNP Scottish Government is not managing it well.
There is clear evidence that fake news can put sick people off attending health services and thus risking their lives:
Headlining this story comes against a background of ignoring Scotland exceeding the rest of the UK in vaccinations and A&E waiting times. It comes against the, again ignored, background of much lower infection and death rates than England and Northern Ireland and having equalled NHS Wales in both.
You can see the evidence for the above at:
Summers’ report above is based entirely on the unsubstantiated comments of 3 consultants and 1 nurse in 1 hospital in, inevitably, one of Scotland’s busiest hospital, QEUH in Glasgow. I don’t for one minute doubt the validity of their assessments but they are not reliable statistics for headlines like that above suggesting nation-wide problems.
None of the above medics claim that hospitals, plural, are under more pressure than ever. That headline is fake news.
Not only do the statistics for Covid infection levels and A&E waiting times point to a system of reducing pressure but, the data for Covid hospital admissions demonstrate falling pressure:
and the data for operations cancelled due to resource limitations reveal a massive increase in operations completed yet very low levels of such cancellations being cancelled:
With the greatest respect to the medics interviewed but none to Summers, there is no crisis in NHS Scotland. In contrast to other parts of the UK, it is clearly in rude good health.
A&E attendances did climb dramatically at QEUH in June 2021 after a very hot dry spell when more folk were out taking risks in the sun, the rivers and the lochs/reservoirs but were still at a lower level than in 2019 and had actually plummeted in the previous months of 2021: