For years now Anas Sarwar has been a regular presence in Scotland’s MSM shouting about the deaths of children in Scottish hospitals.
Today we hear:
The deaths of two more children were linked to infections at a troubled Glasgow hospital, the Scottish Labour leader has claimed. Anas Sarwar said he had been told about the deaths by clinicians who were afraid to speak out publicly.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-59415672
Death certificates list the cause of death plus often several contributory factors such as the bacterial infections all around us, sometimes picked up in wards but more likely taken there by patients. None have been recorded as dying due to these infections.
Readers will remember Sarwar’s recent attempts to undermine the reputation of NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government with ridiculous, evidence-free and fully-rebutted claims of care home deaths due to hospital discharges and rat infestation somehow unique to his home city during COP26, but for far longer he and his colleagues have been cynically grooming the traumatised parents of children who have died in hospital:
Four years after her tragic death from leukaemia ‘after contacting stenotrophomonas – an infection found in water, Sarwar will be heard shouting her name to anyone who will listen in press interviews or leader debates or in Holyrood. His empathy is not convincing.
In May this year, I looked at his performance more fully. Here it is again:
In March 2021, the Herald inadvertently illustrated the creepy uncle feel to the Labour campaign:
He was desperate, after the latest Opinium poll placed him 5th and last, as the best candidate for First Minister, after ‘None of these’, ‘don’t know‘ and Douglas Ross. That last one’s a slap.
I’m not [quite] suggesting that Scottish Labour have been grooming this family in the way that the Scottish Conservatives seem to have been grooming the Ayrshire family whose daughter was murdered and who are calling for the culprit to be banned from the area after release, or the Lib Dems when one of them ‘saved my daughter’s life’ then rushed to the media to tell them, but sources have told me they are.
Sarwar has returned to ‘support’ this family as they leak a report which might be referring to their child:
Leaving aside the ethics of reporting a release, this is certainly, shoddy and not probably shoddy journalism. Here’s the key part:
A case note review, which is due to be published on Monday, looked into the cases of 84 children who developed infections while undergoing treatment at the hospital and found that a third of infections “probably” originated in the hospital and the rest were possibly acquired there. Families of patients referred to in the review were given sight of an embargoed copy of the report ahead of its publication. The report does not name the child who died but Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar said he had spoken to Kimberley Darroch who believes the patient referenced is her daughter, Milly Main.
If you were teaching journalism students, this would be a great example, for a 1st Year class on ethics. Would they believe it had actually been published?
If you were teaching politics students, this would be a great example for a 1st Year class on ethics. Would they believe that a party leader could sink so low?
In February 2020, the story was already old but quickly heated up:
Let’s start with a fact:
‘We have fully tested the water supply and ward surfaces in Ward 6A and also reviewed individual infections and found no links between individual infections and no source of infections in the ward.’
Jane Grant, Chief Executive, NHSGGC, 1 December 2019
BBC Reporting Scotland have returned to this tragic case to further milk it morbidly after spending ten days on it in December. Accompanied with heart-breaking exploitative footage, once more, we hear:
‘Health Board bosses in Glasgow have referred the death of 10 year-old Milly Main to prosecutors. The move came after her family wrote to the Lord Advocate to call for a fatal accident inquiry following revelations about infections linked to the water supply at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.’
To be clear, only those unqualified to do so, the parents, Anas Sarwar and some journalists, have ‘linked’ any infections to any water supply. The link is journalistic, not scientific and, more worryingly for patient and staff morale, it’s wrong. There is no meaningful link. The referral to the prosecutors is because there is no scientific link and, so, still being accused by the unqualified, it has no choice but to pass it on.
The fuller website report uses the word ‘link’ eight times, only once to recognise the Health Board’s rebuttal. Seven times the inaccurate suggestion of a link is repeated.
Sickeningly and astonishingly brass-necked, Anas Sarwar, accuses the Health Board of cynicism. You have to laugh if you manage to keep your stomach down.