This type of story can be linked to the local council elections in May 2022

From cuckooshoe:

Under new electoral law, a term now lasts five years.

The Nursing Times quotes a Scottish government spokesperson

“Thanks to nine consecutive years of staffing increases we have an extra 25,000 staff working in our health service, an 11% increase in qualified nurses and midwives and a steady rise in places on pre-registration nursing and midwifery undergraduate training programmes,”

There’s more..

In August the Scottish government abolished NHS dental charges for everyone under the age of 26.

“Free treatment for people aged under 26 will take effect immediately and there is no “opt-in” required. Those who started a course of NHS treatment before their 26th birthday will also be eligible.”

Meanwhile in England..

BBC Breakfast (yesterday) on twitter asked people to get in touch with them if they have had problems trying to find an NHS dentist, and on BBC News 24 (this morning) Victoria Derbyshire devoted a lot of time to the same issue.. the lack of NHS dentists in England.

It included many contributions from people (online) telling their experience of trying to get treatment.

It was not for the squeamish.

9 thoughts on “This type of story can be linked to the local council elections in May 2022

  1. Too often when stories of these kind ( NHS services failing the public ! ) are broadcast by the UK media – they DO NOT distinguish between Scotland and the rest of the UK . The inference is always that we are all the SAME ! Not True !

    Far too many people in the rest of the UK ( some in Scotland too ! ) believe that Scottish services are as stretched as those in England – and this is down to deliberately vague reporting – propaganda !

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    1. A clear example of what you describe – confusion caused by referring to UK/the NHS rather than being specific in the terminology – ocurted towards the end of the summer. The Dep of Health, in England, had done some sort of deal to give an American Company access to patient data in NHS England.

      Publicity about this came late in the day close to the deadline whereby people could opt out of having their medical data accessed by a 3rd party. All the articles about it were peppered with UK or the NHS very few if any said England only or NHS England.

      As a result of the confusion caused by this inexact terminology people in Scotland were downloading the opt out form and taking the completed form to their local medical practice. Where I live the Medical Practice because of the number of forms they were receiving had to put out notices via social media etc to tell people that this scheme did not apply in Scotland.

      I believe such was the outcry in England that the plans were put on hold, for now.

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      1. I doubt it but honestly do not know, however, there are others on speed-dial with deep pockets full of dark money who might “assist” certain stories to come to light…

        After 3 months gone it stinks, as was observed earlier, the sneaky switch of front photo suggests it being “tweaked” by propagandists….

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        1. A bit off topic but I have a group of friends in a French Group and we exchange news on WnatsApp.
          In the last few days many of them have been going on about the shambles in the Scottish vaccination system, paricularly over booster doses and now one of them is on about the shambles of the care home staff vaccinations here. Can anyone tell me if this is general as I have not heard anything about this. I don’t watch TV or read the red-tops.
          Unfortunately they mostly seem to be fans of Alec Cole-Hamilton and complain to him every time they personally have a problem. Then he uses it in Holyrood to berate the Scottish government!
          Apart from that they are mainly quite nice people.


          1. ‘… shambles in the Scottish vaccination system ..’

            I’d like to direct arayner1936 and group of friends to

            – and to multiple other posts on relative performance of Scotland and UK/England on other aspects of health and social care – and on so much more besides!

            And an observation from a prior, recent post:
            – whilst ‘The human brain has a built-in tendency to conflate the aberrant with the norm’, is this characteristic all the more prevalent – more readily adopted – by a group with a particular and pre-existing political view?

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          2. There are many examples here..


            “Celebrating Success and Patient Stories”

            That is absoluIately brilliant..

            “Royal Alexandra Hospital, Dermatology

            I had an appointment at the RAH Dermatology department at 9.00 am and the whole experience was a bit of a disappointment. I knew from various TV programs that there would be a long wait before I was actually seen so I filled a back pack with food, a portable camping stove and a two gallon self sterilising water bottle. I should also have thrown in some pain killers as the back pack ended up a tad heavier than first envisaged and my back is not as strong as it once was. Having lugged that weight up from the car park along a short corridor and up two flights of stairs, I was looking forward to having a seat in a waiting room full of desperately ill people. I approached the waiting area in front of the reception desk and there were three people in that spacious room, and that included me and the receptionist. Despite the fact that the NHS is full of surly manic depressives whose sole purpose in life is to make things hard for patients, as described in many newspaper articles, I appear to have stumbled upon the exception. Not only did she peruse my paperwork with a smile, she also got up and pointed out where the waiting room was for my treatment. At first I thought there was some mistake as the corridor was totally free of trolleys piled two deep with the sick and dying as per many media accounts. In fact during this entire hospital visit I saw not one single trolley. One can only assume they were all parked somewhere in the back of the hospital to keep them away from the press. I dragged my back pack along the corridor (it had somehow got a lot heavier) to a smaller waiting area which had a few chairs and one person sitting fiddling with their phone. I was unsure whether to unpack the portable camping stove or my well-thumbed copy of War and Peace, but before I could decide I was invited into a room by a chap called Alec. Presumably this was where they would park me for the next few hours until a highly stressed doctor half way through his 96 hour shift would pop in and cancel my appointment. Imagine my surprise when I glanced at the clock on the wall and realised it was exactly the time of my appointment. A few minutes later I was lying on a hospital bed with some anaesthetic injected into my skin and Alec cutting away at the lump on my neck. ‘Can you feel that cutting?’ he asked. I thought it was self-evident by the way I was not clinging to the ceiling with finger and toe nails, that I had felt nothing. I did appreciate him asking though just in case I was paralysed with pain. Alec obviously took pride in his work as he spent some time shaving away the edges of the wound to get the best finish possible for which I thanked him gratefully. I presumed he was doing a good job by the sounds of admiration from his colleague who was also in the room. I forget her name but I am sure she was the lassie in Taggart with the curly hair. Obviously I do not mean that Taggart had the curly hair. The bleeding was stopped through the diligent application of a cauterising device which again was pain free. A dressing was applied over the wound and the process repeated with a large skin tag on my back that had been giving me trouble. So jobs done, a quick thank you, and I was lugging my back pack all the way back to the car. As I drove off I realised that although, Alec appeared to be very relaxed and unhurried, I was back in the car in less than 30 minutes from my appointment time. Back home I realised that I had been sliced and diced in two areas which had then been burned to close off the blood vessels. When the anaesthetic wore off things were going to be very Ouchy indeed. But the hours passed and no pain, no discomfort – nothing. Woke up the next morning and still nothing. The only pain was in my shoulder from lugging the back pack around. I am now lump free and can hopefully return to my career as a topless swimsuit model and I am highly confident that my application to Love Island will now be accepted. However, I am disappointed that I was unable to view the overflowing trolleys of sick patients, the surly uncaring attitude of the medical staff, or endure a 12 hour wait before being attended to as described by the media. All I got to see was clean uncluttered corridors and waiting rooms, with polite efficient caring staff who obviously took pride in their work and have made my life a lot better. Maybe next time. Kind regards.”


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