Only six months since Jackie Baillie lied about Scotland lagging behind the rest of the UK on vaccine rollout at a time when with Wales, we were well ahead of England and N Ireland, she’s back with numbers suggesting she is either challenged or, more likely, plain dishonest.
This time, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) attacked her after she claimed that the average number of available, staffed, paediatric beds at the Royal Hospital for Children fell from 200 in 2011-12 to 120 in 2020-2021.
The board quickly pointed out that the precise figures for common staffed accessible beds as reported by Public Health Scotland is 237 (2019-20) and 230 (2020-21), up from 2011-12.
We await an apology with little hope.
Readers may remember the overall picture on beds:
Just in case you’re a bit graph-blind, this means that in England, there are 415 people for every bed but in Scotland, only 265 for every bed.
This is very revealing. Scotland has almost twice as many hospital beds per head of population than England and Northern Ireland and more than Wales.