Yes, but NHS Scotland already has far more nurses and midwives!

The Herald has been a rich seam of disinformation today but I’ll stop with this one, quickly.

The Herald’s Health Correspondent writes:

THE number of nurses and midwives registered in Scotland has risen by just 280 in the past year. Scotland experienced the slowest year-on-year increase in the workforce of any part of the UK, amid warnings that staff are quitting due to “too much pressure” and pandemic burnout.

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/20145682.scotland-nurse-midwifery-workforce-growth-slowest-uk/

But doesn’t seem to know about this very important context:

Scotland has far more nurses and midwives per head of population. Something the readers should know?

2 thoughts on “Yes, but NHS Scotland already has far more nurses and midwives!

  1. It is a classic wilful misuse of statistics. The headline actually recognises that the numbers are increasing, and so focuses on the rate of increase because, as something increases a greater numerical increase is needed to sustain the rate.

    For example, if there are 1000 nurses and the plan is to train 100 new nurses per year for 5 years, then the rate of increase per annum over that period is 10%, 9.1%, 8.3%, 7.7%, 7.1%. Ergo, rate is decreasing, ergo BAAAAAAD!

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