Bias by omission: More than a thousand words on IVF but not one on how NHS Scotland beats the target year after year

It’s the kind of news BBC Scotland excel at – tabloid sob stories with a health board absurdly apologising for protecting us from Covid.

Wouldn’t a real journalist think: ‘Hey, I wonder what the stats are like?’

If they sniffed failure to hit targets would even a Reporting Scotland reporter have told us all about that? You be they would.

What are the stats like? So, to repeat myself for the umpteenth time. From May 2022:

99.8% of IVF patients seen on time by NHS Scotland despite large increase in demand

From Public Health Scotland today:

During the quarter ending 31 March 2022:

  • 430 patients attended an IVF screening appointment, a substantial increase compared to the previous quarter (364 patients) and the average of all quarters of 2019 (367 patients).
  • the 90% standard was met and in fact, there have been no patients screened who waited over 52 weeks since the quarter ending 30 September 2020.
  • 99.8% of patients waited 39 weeks or less with half of the patients screened within 26 weeks, similar to the previous quarter.

https://www.publichealthscotland.scot/publications/ivf-waiting-times-in-scotland/ivf-waiting-times-in-scotland-quarter-ending-31-march-2022/

Scotland’s IVF programme is major and long-running success, never seen on Reporting Scotland, and with a wider contribution to the mental health of thousands of women in Scotland.

See this earlier piece for the evidence:

2 thoughts on “Bias by omission: More than a thousand words on IVF but not one on how NHS Scotland beats the target year after year

  1. Tis the Mental health of The Heid ones at ABC (BBC Scotland ) that is seriously diminishing at a alarming ferocity and ever increasing frequency
    Mad Bad Dogs foaming at the mooth and yelping at the moon
    But never a tale accurately (tail ) shall they truly catch

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