BBC Complaints – Case number CAS-7061170-W8T5K4
NHS Scotland staff absences
In the Reporting Scotland insert we were told that ‘about 50,200 NHS staff were off work in the week to 11 January.’ There are only just over 70 000 nursing staff altogether. The official figure for that week was actually 7 174: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-trends-in-daily-data/
Your staff have added up the daily figures for 7 days to get a big headline number but in so doing counted the same people up to 7 times.
Not only is this embarrassing for a well-staffed department but it is in danger of creating unnecessary anxiety about attending hospitals and thus is a risk to lives.
Please broadcast again in every Reporting Scotland episode, a clarification and apology. Please also arrange for training in statistics for the staff responsible.