Yesterday, in Holyrood, Dr Jennifer Armstrong – Medical Director at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde – raised concerns with MSPs of the ‘significant impact’ on mental health and primary care services ‘as more families are pushed into food and fuel poverty‘ caused by the current cost-of-living crisis, triggered by the actions of the UK Government.
Shockingly, she went on to say ‘If you’re in a cold house and you have asthma, COPD – and you’ve got young children – you‘ve got dampness then that will increase the amount of morbidity within the population.’ So, in less careful language, Conservative Government economic policies will kill children this winter.
BBC Scotland has studiously ignored this story. The newspapers published in Scotland, even the National, have certainly not headlined it. I can’t even see it on the Glasgow Times.
Instead it’s all ferries, selective cancer waiting times, tax cuts and the Labour Party.