An article on the STV News website from yesterday that candidly, looks more like an opposition party press-release.
Headline: ‘Humza Yousaf’s record-breaking failure putting lives at risk’ – Labour – The SNP MSP was appointed as Scotland’s health secretary in May 2021.’
I’m left wondering if the journalist who wrote this STV piece has:
– ever examined NHS performance statistics in England, NI and Wales
– has any professional curiosity about/interest in why the NHS model across the UK is under such pressures
– has any conception as a professional of the need to, the value of placing serious newsworthy issues – and yes, the challenges facing NHS Scotland are serious and newsworthy – in context and providing perspective
– is simply ‘untroubled’ by opposition politicians in Scotland berating an individual health minister when their own parties in government in Cardiff and London have health ministers with responsibilities for health services that are facing exactly comparable pressures and performing LESS WELL on e.g. A&E metrics than NHS Scotland.
If the profession of journalism is reduced to aggregating and amplifying – sometimes just reproducing – partisan oppositional statements without adding value through the application of professional skills and resources then what is the purpose … other than a blatant political one?