Herald concerned as Adverse Events in Women and Infants NOT increasing but adds up the numbers over TEN years to hide the truth and to scare mums-to-be

Under a classic ‘adding up to get a big number’ and a scary headline, for mums and dads-to-be:

Over 1000 ‘adverse events’ in women and infants’ care

the Herald’s Health Correspondent, Helen McCardle adds up the number of events over ten years to get that desired ‘Over 1 000!

Well down the page, we get the actual news:

For Scotland as a whole there is nothing to indicate that the number of Saers being carried out into adverse events in obstetrics, maternity, gynaecology or neonatal services has increased over the past decade.

In most regions, the numbers have fluctuated from year to year with no obvious trend up or down.

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/23175461.1000-adverse-events-women-infants-care/

So, 1 000 over ten years, averaging 100 each year across 14 health boards and among around 50 000 births per year or, for McArdle’s decade, 500 000.

2%.

BA Journalism Year 1, week 3, practical – 0% FAIL, GIVE UP.

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2 thoughts on “Herald concerned as Adverse Events in Women and Infants NOT increasing but adds up the numbers over TEN years to hide the truth and to scare mums-to-be

  1. Being from the ‘East coast’ thankfully I have never even read let alone bought a copy of the Herod and the same applies to all those other Tory affiliated rags which adorn our news stands that want nothing more than to preserve the status quo no matter how inept, corrupt and despised the UK Government is. It just saddens me that so many ‘journalists’ (supposedly Scots) have sold their souls to the devil like this but I guess like the ‘Mones’ of this world money and the false status it affords them is the only life they see.

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  2. Sorry to be a bit pedantic but I sn’t the percentage actually 0.2% (1000/500000)?
    Thanks for your sterling efforts and keep up the good work.

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