On the back of an interview this morning with the Health Secretary, where he acknowledged pressure on NHS Scotland, Reporting Scotland headlined and extended the story to paint a worrying picture for those in need of hospital care or those around them.
A&E waiting times are once more paraded, in the complete absence of reference to the triage system which guarantees that those at serious risk are seen very quickly and only those who are not at risk need wait a bit longer.
BBC Scotland news is a public service broadcaster, paid for by its audience through taxation and expected to provide it with the timely and accurate information it needs to help it, especially the more vulnerable members, cope with the risks life unavoidably presents.
What useful information has this broadcast offered? The NHS is under pressure so think twice about attending?
That might be useful if, and only if, you know you’re a bit of a hypochondriac or if you, on reflection might think ‘this can wait till I speak to my GP tomorrow‘ but what if you don’t know why you have a sharp pain in your chest or keep getting dizzy and falling over, or what if you’re very old and confused, or what if you have a mental health problem making it hard for you to judge whether something is serious or not?
You see the risk? Someone who really should go, might not, because they’re not sure or they don’t want to make a fuss. The old and vulnerable often think that way and they’re the very sort of folk who rely on TV to keep them informed.
The pet expert above, parrots the same under-pressure, delays rhetoric with no reminder that if you are worried you should attend.
Nobody mentions, of course:
‘The number of planned operations carried out in August was the largest monthly total since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic‘https://scottishgov-newsroom.prgloo.com/news/number-of-hospital-operations-increases
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”. He added that the UK could learn a lot from the Nordic countries in this area but also that the Nordic countries could learn a lot from Scotland.https://twitter.com/Dr_PhilippaW/status/1480995875937996801
Has anyone at BBC Scotland done the risk assessment on this?