First-off this morning, a story, repeated throughout the morning, which does not feature on the BBC Scotland website or on the BBC Health website or on the front pages of any of the 12 newspapers featured on the BBC Scotland site.
The women have not yet protested. They ‘are protesting later in Glasgow at ongoing delays to their treatment. The women say they’re having to be assessed in Glasgow for follow-up surgery.’
Isn’t that normal? Imagine they were not assessed and something went wrong? Imagine Anas Sarwar shouting the name of the sufferer at Nicola, everywhere he could, unconvincingly pretending empathy.
Then we get to see the women protesting in Edinburgh last July and some scary looking implements.
I’m not doubting the suffering and the frustration but surely the professionals involved have to be sure the private sector treatment is safe and effective?
Why is it a headline story on Reporting Scotland alone?
In March 2021:
Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar said: “These women were failed by the mesh procedure and failed by a Scottish Government that for too long turned a blind eye to their pain.”
Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross said: “These women rightly feel that the charter will prevent future medical scandals and is a fitting legacy of their strong campaign. It may also help to rebuild the trust of women who were so badly let down.”
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said: “To make amends for their suffering the next Scottish Government should commit to their charter.https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/mesh-survivors-charter/
So, which is feeding Reporting Scotland?
None of the above politicians nor the BBC reporters care about these women. They’re just fodder in a wider propaganda campaign.