In the Herald today:
THE costs of fixing crumbling hospitals in Scotland’s NHS has soared by over £200m in the space of just five years leaving some of Scotland’s busiest hospitals in a ‘high-risk’ state, it can be revealed. Calls are being made for better funding of the service as the cost of fixing the NHS estate has risen by 25% – despite an SNP government plan to drastically cuthttps://www.heraldscotland.com/news/23050674.costs-fixing-crumbling-nhs-hospitals-scotland-soars-200m—despite-snp-plan-cut-backlog/
I know Martin Williams is probably not as dim as what follows is going to suggest. No, he is a liar in a tragic effort to keep a job in corporate journalism.
First, note the use of the term ‘SNP’ to refer to Scottish Government actions. Would a Labour or Conservative ‘Government’ get the same lack of respect and attempt to damage?
Second, ‘Calls are being made?’ By whom. You know. It’s just Shadowy Health Secretary, Sandesh Gulhane MSP (Con), again. Any other calls? Nope, just him.
Third, ‘soaring?’ From what to what? By £200 million from £877 million in 2016 to £1.1 billion in 2022.
But wait, what about inflation Martin, Sandesh? You know, the unavoidable increases in all costs due to what is happening in the wider economy, controlled by Sandy’s bosses, ‘The Tories’ at Westminster?
Let’s see what the Bank of England’s inflation calculator says?
So, £887 million in 2016 has become….wait for it…..£1.085 billion in 2022….rounded to £1.1 billion!
The soaring cost of NHS Scotland’s maintenance backlog is due to…..wait for it…..entirely to….the Tories!