Key extracts from BBC Editorial Guidelines:
Where appropriate to the output and wherever possible, we should:
- gather material using first-hand sources
- check facts and statistics, identifying important caveats and limitations
- validate the authenticity of documentary evidence and digital material
- corroborate claims and allegations made by contributors
- weigh, interpret and contextualise claims, including statistical claims.
3.3.2 In news and current affairs content, achieving due accuracy is more important than speed.
3.3.3 We should try to witness events and gather information first-hand. Where this is not possible, we should talk to first-hand sources and, where practicable, corroborate their evidence.
3.3.4 We should be reluctant to rely on a single source. If we do rely on a single source, it should be credible, and a named, on-the-record source is always preferable.
3.3.6 We must check and verify information, facts and documents, where required to achieve due accuracy. If we have been unable to verify material we should usually say so and attribute the information.
In the report above, a trade union leader is relied on as the only anecdotal source. His credibility is implied in the term ‘leading doctor.’ A trade union convenor is not a ‘leading doctor’ any more than Arthur Scargill was a ‘leading miner.’ His claims are not corroborated in any way.
He said: “What I hear consistently is that consultants are prepared to stick at it for this winter and while we remain in pandemic.
So, they are by no means reluctant to rely on a single source and where it would be practicable by just asking for the data, DO NOT corroborate their evidence .
The survey data, the methods used to gather it and the sample size are not available, neither in the BBC report nor on the BMA website, yet BBC Scotland allow:
When you analyse those figures, and filter out those too young to take voluntary early retirement (VER), some 70% of consultants asked said they were planning to take VER – either prompted (19.2%), or confirmed (30%) by the pay award, or were going to do it regardless of pay (21%).
So, there is no attempt to check and verify information, facts and documents.
The BMA’s previous failed research: