In the Herald today:
HUMZA Yousaf is facing calls for an inquiry into any “unnecessary deaths” linked to Scotland’s waiting times crisis after the latest figures showed a quarter of A&E patients still waiting too long. Making the demand, the Scottish Liberal Democrats accused the Health Secretary of “mismanagement” and sending staff morale to “rock bottom”.https://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/19609674.health-secretary-humza-yousaf-urged-probe-unnecessary-deaths-e-waiting-times-crisis/
Given his size, Cole-Hamilton is getting exposure beyond that of bigger parties.
See those speech marks? Those clever journos just pop them on when they want to say something for which there is no evidence. There is no evidence that people who have been checked and deemed able to wait a bit are any more likely to die if they wait 4 or 5 hours. Sadly, the ones who die have gone long before that.
More telling for those of us subject to Scotland’s essentially pro-Union media is the demonising of SNP ministers. You won’t see the health ministers for England, Wales (who?) or Northern Ireland (who?) challenged and pictured in this way, yet if the same standards were applied, they might:
Alex Cole Hamilton will be using the latest NHS Scotland weekly data, for week ending 19th September, where 74.4% of their 27 000 attendees were seen in 4 hours, up from 71.5 % the previous week.
NHS England only release monthly but in August they only managed 66.2% of their 777 000 attendees.
So, using ACH/Herald logic, if Yousaf was running NHS England, around 50 000 would have been seen within 4 hours and presumably many would not have had an unnecessary death?
Finally, who is sending staff morale down? That’ll be the media.