A classic Neu Labour comment that tells us Starmer knows nothing. Margaret Ferrier is missing in action? Ferrier’s Westminster contributions in the last year: Shadowy Health Secretary, Ian Murray’s lack of action in the same time: Continue reading Starmer clearly knows little of Ian ‘Missing in Action’ Murray
Above, the recent Ipsos poll turned into Constituency seat predictions. If Scotland had retained the first-past-the-post (FPTP) electoral system, fiercely defended by both Cons and Labour, for Westminster elections, the Scottish Parliament would have 59 SNP MSPS, 5 Labour, 5 Cons and 4 Lib Dems. In Westminster, it’s currently 59 SNP MPs, 13 Cons, 4 Lib Dems and 1 Labour. In most recent historical periods and in most parts of the world, that would be enough. Continue reading If it was first-past-the-post – 59, 5, 5, 4!
A Scottish newspaper above, the UK Guardian below: Thanks again to Dorothy for alerting me to this. The Guardian makes it clear that this issue applies only to NHS England. I can find no evidence of such failures reported anywhere in Scotland. Perhaps many more beds per head of population averts this? The Herald, the Glasgow Times and even the National have the story with no mention of the word ‘England’ despite some easy clues in the use of the word ‘Trust’ rather than ‘Board’. Continue reading 25 000 patients forced to sleep alongside opposite sex only in England
NHS hospital bed numbers per 1,000 population – Scotland better resourced than England and Wales according to new RCEM briefing By stewartb The Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) has provided summary data on NHS hospital bed capacity – ‘RCEM Explains: – Hospital beds across the UK’ – dated May 2023. See https://res.cloudinary.com/studio-republic/images/v1684400862/RCEM-Explains-Hospital-beds-across-the-UK-May-2023/RCEM-Explains-Hospital-beds-across-the-UK-May-2023.pdf?_i=AA On yet another objective measure, NHS Scotland performs favourably when compared to equivalents in England and Wales. This is not to ignore the challenges and deficiencies presently in NHS Scotland. But it most certainly is to counter the relentless gaslighting tactics of the political opposition in the … Continue reading SNP Government ensures NHS Scotland has more hospital beds per head of population than any other part of UK
Opening BBC Breakfast this morning, the appalling story of a truly dysfunctional maternity service in Kent, almost entirely Tory MPs, but not the biggest story across BBC UK, below: In the full story, above, there’s not a mention of any politician, Government or Labour opposition. It was the same in the even more shocking report from Shropshire in 2020 when we had: More than 1 000 cases! The health board CE has to answer. There’s no mention, certainly no anxious photo, of the minister or of the PM. There’s no image of a creepy Labour MP ‘supporting’ the parents either. … Continue reading When 45 babies die in Kent does a Conservative notice?
BBC Scotland have been headlining this today: Warning Scotland’s court backlogs could take years to clear From Boyle’s actual report this: We’ve had reason to look at Scotland’s Auditor General before. From February 2023: Above the UK National Audit Office home page. Below Audit Scotland: The differences in messaging are sharp. The UK NAO is all progress, support (three times) and recovery. Audit Scotland is all government needs to improve, challenges and risks. Two quite different cultures revealing, in Audit Scotland, an underlying culture of opposition to the SNP in government. Thoughts on “Why does Audit Scotland tend to accuse … Continue reading SNP Government’s Courts Recovery Programme reduces backlog by 36% in just one year!
From BBC Scotland, yesterday: Police Scotland: Racism, sexism and homophobia uncovered in review A review of the culture within Police Scotland has uncovered first-hand accounts of racism, sexism and homophobia by serving officers. The review group, set up in 2021, heard instances of people being “punished” for raising concerns. It also heard the force’s efforts to improve its culture are being held back by financial issues and pressure on frontline resources. The initial findings were published in the first of two reports due this year. It comes just weeks after four women spoke to BBC Newsnight about allegations of a “boys club” culture at … Continue reading Relatively little racism, sexism and homophobia in Police Scotland?
This is a true story that won’t make it to BBC Scotland because it’s not about someone being let down by NHS Scotland and by implication, if not direct accusation, the ‘SNP’ Government or ‘Yousaf.’ Six weeks ago, my mother Margaret (92) had a fall and was hospitalised in Kirkcaldy. After four weeks of testing and treatment, she was placed in an assessment ward in Dunfermline. Only days later she was placed in a ‘lovely’ care home, also in the town. The only survivor now of seven siblings, a former textile worker, she told us on day one in hospital, … Continue reading 92 year-old woman ‘didn’t like’ to press nurse call button because ‘they’re too busy’ then is discharged with care package in only days!
By all means read the original BBC Scotland report above, if you feel up to it. You won’t find in it this: or the many forms of support listed here: chrome-extension://efaidnbmnnnibpcajpcglclefindmkaj/https://www.oecd.org/turkiye/48641944.pdf You won’t find this: Turkey is similar to Spain, Poland, Croatia and other European shipbuilding countries, but Turkey is surpassing these countries,” said Vidar Smines, a shipbuilding consultant for Ulstein Group. “Here the value per vessel is higher so Turkey is more important in international shipbuilding than statistics reveal.” However, with 25 deaths in the last 11 months at Tuzla, on the northern shore of the Sea of Marmara, … Continue reading Turkey building four new CalMac ferries ‘on time’ due to massive Turkish government help and lax safety standards
BBC Scotland today is headlining: Deaths on Scotland’s roads highest since 2016. This and other media reports fail to inform the public responsibly. The facts: The total casualty figures for 2022 are the third lowest since records began. The number of fatalities increased by 33, from 141 in 2021 to 174 in 2022. This latest rise follows on from a long-term downward trend. Since 2000, the number of people killed decreased by 47%. Car users had the highest number of casualties in 2022 (3,179), followed by pedestrians (904) and pedal cyclists (478). Compared to last year, pedal cyclist casualties fell … Continue reading Road injuries and deaths stabilise at lowest levels on record