BBC Scotland faking the graphs too?

Waiting times

I know lots of otherwise intelligent folk can be a bit blindsided by graphs but the above appears to be complete Scheiße.

Let’s just take one they want us to be shocked by – nearly 2 000 waiting more than 8 hours in April 2021.

I was shocked too but:

During April 2021, 1,181 (1.1%) patients spent more than 8 hours in an A&E department.

Even by May 2021, it’s still less than 2 000, at 1 782.


14 thoughts on “BBC Scotland faking the graphs too?

  1. “We have a duty to educate and inform”.

    What percentage of BBC Scotland news/current affairs output would reach the NORMAL criteria of straight, impartial journalism?

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  2. Sorry John,I have just seen FMQs and at the end we now have 2 anti SNP reporters Rachel and Paul says the BBC reporter what a shower in their eyes the SNP Government are crap,no mention about Wales health service which is much worse than ours maybe that is why Sarwar did not talk about health.

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    1. Boris, Starmer and Davey are allowed—no, encouraged by the BEEB—to attack service provision in Scotland, BUT…………

      Scotland is not allowed by the Brit Nats to respond in kind.

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  3. Gavin, I believe this is more in line with BBC Charter, section 6. The Public Purposes:

    The Public Purposes of the BBC are as follows.

    6 (4)……….. “help contribute to the social cohesion and wellbeing of the United Kingdom.”

    Doing down Scottish Independence, rubbishing Scottish public services, omitting facts whilst protecting the UK Government etc. etc.

    Propaganda to ensure the “wellbeing of the UK”.

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  4. Alasdair
    Re Alex Cole
    By any chance did you watch his party political broadcast last night
    Where all he offered us Scots was hope
    Well i have a ancient Buddhist proverb for him that is most apt
    ” Hope is for fools, and the more the Hope, then the bigger is the fool ”
    A fool of the highest possible order this knave indeed is

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    1. I thought this was a promo for Daz – as all we were treated to was Alex Rennie Hamilton speaking to camera in his whiter-than-white shirt !

      Or perhaps he was auditioning for a part in Made in Chelsea or The Only Way Is Essex !

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      1. James
        The only part Alex Cole auditioning for
        Down Down Down and out
        I believe he has been shortlisted and will know if successful at the next election

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  5. New statistics have just been published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) on life expectancy across the UK. The BBC News website today has articles based on these new data, albeit taking different approaches.

    The BBC News ‘Health’/‘latest update’ section has an article with this headline: ‘Covid-19: Life expectancy is down but what does this mean?’

    The issue is not covered within the England, Wales or NI news sections of the BBC’s website. However, the website’s ‘Scotland’ section has an article with this rather differently framed headline: ‘Covid-19 deaths in Scotland drive fall in life expectancy’.

    The article within the UK Health section offers relevant, useful context viz.: ‘Despite the name, the newly released life-expectancy figures, known as “period life expectancy”, do not predict an actual lifespan. Instead, they show the average age a newborn would live to if current death rates continued for their whole life. And as Covid death rates are unlikely to continue long-term, the new estimates do not mean a boy born in 2020 will have a shorter life than one born in 2019.’

    And then in the same article we are told: ‘An analysis of 29 countries across Europe, the US and Chile, shows falls in almost all of them, often reversing years of improvements.’

    By contrast, the Scotland article is largely focused on what are longstanding differences between life expectancy in Scotland and elsewhere in the UK. It also lacks the international perspective and it offers little or no insight into the longer term significance (or otherwise) of the latest statistics, influenced as they are by Covid-related mortality.

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  6. Staying with the newly released ONS statistics on life expectancy and the impact of Covid, amongst the newly published information I noted this on ‘excess deaths’:

    ‘Across the UK, mortality increased in 2020, in a large part because of the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

    ‘In England and Wales, there was a 14.5% increase in the number of deaths compared with 2019. Taking into account the population size and age structure, age-standardised mortality rates (ASMRs) in England and Wales increased significantly, by 14.6% for males and 11.9% for females. ….’

    ‘Similarly, in Scotland the number of deaths rose by 10% and the ASMR increased by 9% in 2020, taking the rate back to the 2009 level. Provisional estimates for Northern Ireland show that the total number of deaths in 2020 was 11.0% higher than the five-year average (2015 to 2019).’

    Source: ‘National life tables – life expectancy in the UK: 2018 to 2020’
    ( )

    (When the ONS author uses the term ‘similarly’ in the above extract, it rather underplays the notable differences in the excess deaths statistics for 2020 between the four UK nations!)

    ‘Scotland’s excess deaths in 2020 the lowest in the UK’ – what chance of this being a BBC headline? Zero!

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