400 women ‘harmed’ in hospital but Health Secretary not concerned

BBC England in Derbyshire report yesterday: A woman who claims her marriage was wrecked by a drug prescribed by a consultant gynaecologist, who is under investigation, said she wants answers. The patient said she took the drug given to her by Daniel Hay for three years, when it should have been used for a maximum of eight weeks. Nearly 400 women who were treated by the doctor are being contacted as part of a review into his care. The trust Mr Hay worked for said they must “learn from what happened”. There is no mention of the Health Secretary for … Continue reading 400 women ‘harmed’ in hospital but Health Secretary not concerned

‘School leader’ denies he gave A pass to golf partner’s boy!

The Herald clearly has a hotline to teacher’s union reps, to ‘parent groups’ with tiny membership and to ‘school leaders who do not want to be named.’ They headline today with another piece of shoddy journalism making a story out of almost no evidence: Schools face “chaos” after the summer holidays due to the Scottish Qualifications Authority’s decision to introduce an extended results deadline, according to criticisms that are fuelling demands for an overhaul of alternative assessment. New guidance says a “limited opportunity” to provide provisional grades by September 3 is being created to ensure “a degree of equity” for those … Continue reading ‘School leader’ denies he gave A pass to golf partner’s boy!

Good infection control in only 1 in 21 Scottish care homes: Where the blame really lies

Regulars here will know that countering MSM and opposition party lies about care home deaths is a daily task in TuS so here is more evidence that the blame for outbreaks and death lies with the owners and not the Scottish Government. Care home inspections recommenced in February 2021. From then until this month, there have been 21 full inspections. None were rated ‘Very good‘ and only one was rated ‘Good‘ on ‘Infection control practices support a safe environment for people experiencing care and staff.’ 15 were rated ‘Adequate‘, 4 ‘Weak‘ and 1 ‘Unsatisfactory.’ Apparently adequate infection control reports might … Continue reading Good infection control in only 1 in 21 Scottish care homes: Where the blame really lies

FOOD BANK FIGURES LAY BARE IMPACT OF CRUEL TORY WELFARE CUTS

From SNP Media: The SNP has said the food bank figures released today by the Trussell Trust should serve as a wake up call to the UK government, as they lay bare how Tory cuts and policies have pushed families and disabled people into poverty and destitution. The Trussell Trust’s report, ‘State of Hunger’, revealed that 95% of food bank users were destitute and 62% of working-age people referred to food banks in early 2020 were disabled – more than three times the rate in the working age population. Just last month, it was revealed that there had been a 63% … Continue reading FOOD BANK FIGURES LAY BARE IMPACT OF CRUEL TORY WELFARE CUTS

April 2021: 10 000 emergency cases seen on target only because they live in Scotland

In NHS Scotland, in April 2021, 87.15% of patients were treated within 4 hours from arrival in A&E. https://beta.isdscotland.org/find-publications-and-data/health-services/hospital-care/nhs-performs-weekly-update-of-emergency-department-activity-and-waiting-time-statistics/ In NHS England, in April 2021, 77.1% of patients were treated within 4 hours. The results are carefully presented as ‘from arrival to admission, transfer or discharge’ for admissions but just as ‘percentage of attendance within 4 hours.’ This allows the latter to conceal the fact that they restart the clock after patients have been admitted to a department for treatment even though they may have waited for some time in A&E before that – sneaky. https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/ae-waiting-times-and-activity/ae-attendances-and-emergency-admissions-2020-21/ So, 10% better means … Continue reading April 2021: 10 000 emergency cases seen on target only because they live in Scotland

Risk of catching Covid in English hospitals still infinitely higher than in Scotland

From NHS Scotland today: 2 (0.1%) were reported as probable hospital onset (first positive specimen on days 8 to 14 of admission to NHS board). In the previous week (week ending 11 April 2021) there were 3 (0.2%). 0 (0.0%) were reported as definite hospital onset (first positive specimen date was 15 or more days after admission to NHS board). In the previous week (week ending 11 April 2021) there were 3 (0.2%). So, 0 or 0% of Covid cases in Scottish hospitals were definitely caught there. Unlike NHS Scotland, NHS England does not publish regular hospital onset data. However, … Continue reading Risk of catching Covid in English hospitals still infinitely higher than in Scotland

Will Talking-up Scotland take Wings?

I may be getting on a bit but I smell an opportunity here. A few years back, Talking-up Scotland came in 5th in a survey of pro-Independence blogs. I was chuffed. Tonight, the chart-topper, Wings over Scotland, has withdrawn to spend more time with his collection of sweeties. Tragically, Craig Murray is out of action. The Wee Ginger Dug is recuperating. James Kelly seems robust despite some bruising exchanges and Bella Caledonia remains the brainy one. The rest don’t register in web traffic apps. So, 70 in a few weeks, I’m stirring in my bones. Watch out for even more … Continue reading Will Talking-up Scotland take Wings?

US study confirms UK fatalities in Afghanistan twice those of US

From The Costs of War to United States Allies Since 9/11 by Jason W. Davidson, Brown University, May 12, 2021: While the U.S. had the largest total number of fatalities, the allies were not mere bystanders, as some believe. Some U.S. military service members, for instance, joked that ISAF stood for “I Saw Americans Fight” because of all the caveats and limits on when and how some allies could engage the enemy. Yet hundreds of allied troops died. The United Kingdom lost 455 service members, Canada lost 158, andFrance, Germany, and Italy each lost dozens. When we look at numbers … Continue reading US study confirms UK fatalities in Afghanistan twice those of US

Reporting Scotland: Less than 1 in 200 nurses consider quitting

From a survey not being reported anywhere else in BBC Scotland and unmentioned by BBC England or Wales, Reporting Scotland have chosen to use this unreliable wee poll suggesting that ‘more than half of nurses have considered quitting their job this year.’ There is no sign of the actual report with methods and data we can consider. So, just knowing it’s a trade union survey, we’re left with three obvious concerns. First, there are 63 178 nursing and midwifery staff in Scotland. The Unison sample of 500 is only 0.8% or less than 1 in a 100. 56% of those … Continue reading Reporting Scotland: Less than 1 in 200 nurses consider quitting

‘Forcing people to starve because they were late to a Job Centre did not appear in a Tory manifesto’

On hearing the Queen’s Speech, SNP leader at Westminster, Ian Blackford, responded: Boris Johnson has completely failed to deliver the investment and change required to build a strong, fair and equal recovery. Instead the Tories are imposing the long-term damage of austerity cuts, Brexit and a power grab against Scotland’s will. The Tories are repeating the same mistakes they made after the last economic crisis, by forcing through damaging cuts that are threatening Scotland’s recovery. Instead of building a fairer society, the Tories are entrenching inequality and pushing people into poverty by imposing a public sector pay freeze, cuts to … Continue reading ‘Forcing people to starve because they were late to a Job Centre did not appear in a Tory manifesto’