Typically BBC Reporting Scotland tells us a tale of a supposed health problem under SNP-rule which, based on one case and no facts, is a wider problem which can then be laid at Humza’s door.
My headline questions, relevant for any real news story, even one by a 1st Year student, are not addressed. Lots of personalisation but no context would be an undergraduate fail. We just hear:
An Edinburgh mum whose young son fell seriously ill after contracting sepsis is backing a campaign to raise awareness about the condition.
Corey King was 18 months old when he became ill and turned grey on boxing day last year.
He spent 27 days in hospital including two weeks in the paediatric ICU before being discharged in January 2022.
Now, his mum Aimee is encouraging other families to be aware of the signs of sepsis and how quickly it can progress.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-62737614
The context necessary to answer the questions we all need to hear? See this:
While deaths caused by sepsis have fallen by 21% since 2012, thanks in part to the work of the Scottish Patient Safety Programme, it is still vital that people are aware of this potentially fatal condition.https://www.gov.scot/news/raising-awareness-of-sepsis/
What’s the Scottish Patient Safety Programme and how good is it?
In January 2022:
The Scottish Patient Safety Programme (SPSP), introduced by the SNP Scottish Government in 2007, has been praised by a leading European expert on patient safety.
In Westminster’s Health Committee, Dr Pelle Gustafson, CMO at Swedish Patient Insurer, responded with “Scotland”, when he was asked which country he would hold at the very top pillar with regards to patient safety.
Dr Gustfason said: “If you take all preventative work in regard to patient safety, I would say Scotland, I am personally very impressed with Scotland. I think in Scotland you have a long tradition of working, you have a development in the right direction and you also have a system which is fairly equal all over the place. You have improvement activities going on. So I am very impressed by Scotland”.https://mobile.twitter.com/DrGregorSmith/status/1481211002301685760
Does the above context matter to the BBC?
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