Reporting against the odds as nurses vacancies in England surge to 30% higher than in Scotland

They’ve got it tough, BBC Scotland.

The Scottish Government is, on their performance and their integrity, way ahead, almost impossible to land one on. The First Minister is an international figure highlighting the venality of the UK leaders. The SNP is dominant in election after election and in polls.

BBC Scotland reporters are struggling to stay afloat. What are they gonna do?

What propagandists have done for centuries, fight a proxy war. Find an area of responsibility, such as health, education or policing, which is infinitely improvable, where you hide the context and just say it’s not good enough.

Fresh from ignoring the First Minster meets Biden, meet the leaders of several countries, BBC Scotland fire up their use of NHS Scotland misinformation, today (above).

As often, only the Reporting Scotland broadcasts and perhaps Good Morning Scotland, on radio, have picked out a supposed shortage of nurses.

Vacancies are up from 6.6% in March 2021 to 7.1% in September 2021 but there’s more to staffing than just vacancies and to call it a ‘shortfall’ is deceptive.

First, astonishingly, NHS Scotland has 50% more nurses, per head of population, in the first place, than NHS England. This from 2019:

Second, the current vacancy rate for nurses in England, is 10.3%, 30% higher than in Scotland.

There is of course no mention of the 10 000 EU nationals who used to work in the health and care sectors. Brexit anyone?

Sources:

https://www.rcn.org.uk/news-and-events/news/scotland-nhs-nursing-vacancies-at-record-high-070921

https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/nhs-vacancies-survey/april-2015—june-2021-experimental-statistics#:~:text=Data%20from%20NHS%20England%20and,10.3%25%20(37%2C760%20vacancies).

6 thoughts on “Reporting against the odds as nurses vacancies in England surge to 30% higher than in Scotland

    1. For me

      ABC (BBC) Reporting is rather like a comment Muhammed Ali once said after
      A boxing bout
      ” The worst thing in Boxing is landing punches upon thin air “

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  1. Yes, there are back on form. Nothing but doom and more doom coming our way..

    BBC Scotland investigative powers return to, “A freedom of information request has revealed that (put your own fictitious dire calamity in here)”

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  2. “What propagandists have done for centuries, fight a proxy war. Find an area of responsibility, such as health, education or policing, which is infinitely improvable, where you hide the context and just say it’s not good enough.”

    This sums up what BBC Scotland and the mainstream media do, and, in this they are assisted by professional ‘takers-of-offence’, employed by charities and by spokespersons for trade unions, and ‘vox pops’ (usually ‘wishing to remain anonymous’.

    Single cases are focussed on and listeners invited to generalise from this. Today, we had the story of a 26 year old who has experienced problems (we are not told what) obtaining her vaccine passport and has not been able to go ‘clubbing’ for 6 weeks.

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    1. I thought they’d ignore the fact that Nicola Sturgeon and president Biden(!) got to meet chat and shake hands! Wow! I knew he would not ignore Scotland’s democratically elected First Minister, maybe my tweets to him helped, lol!
      I am sure he has the measure of things re the UK, the Tories in London, and Scotland’s wholly different approach to government in the 21st century.

      It cheered me up anyway.

      The BBC are not in the habit of cheering the people up unless you like strictly come dancing, talking of which, for the lass who can’t go clubbing, (whaaa!) I’ll put some rave music on and she can come here (we are usually up late until the clubs close and later) and we can dance while she helps with some chores that I’m too knackered to do myself. I might get a mini bottle of wine in for her as well.
      Maybe I should contact her. 🙂

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