It looks as if BBC Scotland has been found out once again!
On 5 October btl of the TuS post entitled ‘NHS Scotland’s super-efficient surgery machine’ I asked if anyone else had heard on Reporting Scotland that evening the piece from BBC Scotland’s health correspondent. Had she really just referred to ‘thousands of cancelled operations’. No one offered confirmation.
Today’s TuS blog again reveals the performance of NHS Scotland regarding surgery. It shows up a mismatch between reports. This can now be demonstrated not by recollections of an RP presentation but by an article on the BBC News website under the name of the same health correspondent and dated 5 October. Here is the source and the key section:
‘Analysis’: Posted at 15:20 5 Oct 15:20 5 Oct by Lisa Summers, BBC Scotland Health Correspondent
‘THOUSANDS of operations are being cancelled as nursing staff are moved around to look after Covid patients, or take time off for isolation or sickness. (my emphasis)
‘The latest performance figures only tell us what was happening as far as August, the data for next September is likely to be worse as hospitals started to see the effects of the summer surge in cases.’
Can TuS and BBC Scotland both be right? And if not, whose interpretation of the evidence to trust – TuS or BBC Scotland? I know whose – and it’s not the one whose interpretation gets communicated via primetime TV by a supposed public service broadcaster!