My first complaint for some time above.
The headline to this article reads “Covid in Scotland: Demand for GPs ‘double’ pre-pandemic levels”, with ‘double’ presented in quote marks as you acknowledge – the use of quote marks in headlines widely established as conveying someone’s viewpoint or comment etc.
The lead paragraph and article body adds the further detail and context that this is a report of the experience and views of Dr Sandesh Gulhane, a Scottish Conservative MSP and GP, as told to BBC One Scotland’s The Sunday Show – clearly attributing Dr Gulhane’s views and comments to him – and provides further context, including detailing the warning on hospital admission levels from Scotland’s chief medical officer and the Scottish government’s desire to increase the number of GPs in Scotland as part of its NHS Recovery Plan.
We, therefore, don’t agree with your suggestion that this article isn’t in keeping with our editorial guidelines.
So, as long as you use quote marks you can say what you like? Whether it is true or not?
Reporting Scotland staff ‘have very low IQs’
The BBC editorial guidelines make clear that verification of claims, especially when they are made by someone with an agenda, like Gulhane, is required.
In the email, they thank me twice and offer kind regards. I didn’t realise emails could smell that bad.
I worry for the mental health of the complaints staff and the RepScot editor. One of these days, like a Gulf War vet, it’ll blow.