BBC Scotland has the nerve now to criticise NHS Tayside for not protecting its oncology staff from the brutal lies its health correspondent, Lisa Summers, fabricated to undermine the confidence and status of those same staff.
As reported here, the breast cancer treatment team, after experimenting with reduced chemotherapy doses to ease appalling side-effects, was shown to have, regardless, a below average mortality rate, was supported by a St Andrews University professor’s evidence and then completely cleared of any suggestion that the lower doses led to additional deaths in an official report. The above BBC Scotland report acknowledges some of this briefly but, sickeningly, Summers is allowed to repeat the suggestion that initially ‘the finger was pointed at the breast cancer oncologists.’
Whose finger was that? Hers?
On April 1 2019, Summers said on Reporting Scotland, of the first news that reduced doses were being tried:
‘The report today pointed to the possibility of a dysfunctional department. ‘Detectives’ spoke of pharmacy and nursing staff who said they had concerns about the change of procedures, but they felt they were not being listened to and that their position was one above.’
Only Reporting Scotland use the word ‘dysfunctional’. The BBC website and all the newspapers I looked at (8) did not use the term either.
Summers led the demonising of the Tayside oncology staff for base journalistic gains. Single-handedly undermining their reputations and beginning the staff departures which now result in closure, she has the nerve to blame the board for not supporting the staff against her lies.
Finally, look a that headline. A ‘tragedy’ where none die avoidably?