SNP Westminster voting intentions support and the ‘rogue’ pollster

Though many of us have a healthy skepticism about opinion polls and recognise the limitations in interpreting Scottish sub-poll samples of between 90 and 180 respondents, the results of a series by the same pollster can still be suggestive of real distribution in intended voting behaviour. So, when a pollster repeatedly diverges significantly from theContinue reading “SNP Westminster voting intentions support and the ‘rogue’ pollster”

Scotland drifting away from nasty place as SNP Government launches funeral benefit for those on low income

From holyrood.com: A new benefit to help people on low incomes pay for the costs of a funeral will be available from next week, the Scottish Government has announced. The funeral support payment launches on 16 September and has three elements: burial or cremation costs; a flat rate £700 toward expenses including funeral director fees,Continue reading “Scotland drifting away from nasty place as SNP Government launches funeral benefit for those on low income”

Glasgow to host largest summit ever in UK

From the BBC website yesterday: A major United Nations climate change summit will take place in Glasgow. Up to 30,000 delegates are expected to attend the event at Glasgow’s Scottish Events Campus (SEC) at the end of next year. Glasgow will host the main COP summit while Italy will host preparatory events and a significantContinue reading “Glasgow to host largest summit ever in UK”

NHS Scotland increasing mental health discharges by 33% in 10 years with 95% treated near to home

This trend suggests improved treatment of what can be difficult and complex conditions against a background of increased demand as, for example, opioid painkiller addiction soars. From the ISD yesterday: In 2018/2019 there were 47,790 mental health discharges, an increase of 3% from 2017/2018 and the highest number of discharges since 1997/1998. In 2018/2019, theContinue reading “NHS Scotland increasing mental health discharges by 33% in 10 years with 95% treated near to home”

Reporting on child poverty in Scotland with one source and NO context again

Once more Reporting Scotland return to one of their favourite themes – child poverty – but contrary to their own editorial guidelines rely on one source and offer no contextual data to help viewers make sense of it. To make sure that what they offer is more than poverty porn and for the piece toContinue reading “Reporting on child poverty in Scotland with one source and NO context again”

Scotland’s North Sea producing more commercial innovations than ANY OTHER PART of the world!

In Energy Voice yesterday: The North Sea is producing more commercial innovations than any other part of the world, according to a boss at Baker Hughes GE (BHGE). Romain Chambault, European director for oilfield equipment, said he has been impressed with the level of resilience the region has shown in the wake of the downturn.Continue reading “Scotland’s North Sea producing more commercial innovations than ANY OTHER PART of the world!”

Asthma deaths: One big reason why free-prescriptions really matter in Scotland

In Nursing Standard yesterday this horrific news: Asthma patients are putting their lives at risk by skipping medication due to the cost, nurses have reported. The trend, revealed in an Asthma UK survey of 636 nurses in England, has prompted the RCN to call for prescription costs for asthma medication to be scrapped, as they haveContinue reading “Asthma deaths: One big reason why free-prescriptions really matter in Scotland”

As NHS England denies single women Scotland’s IVF service is 100%

Photograph: Sang Tan/AP In the Guardian yesterday: NHS bosses have apologised for justifying denying single women IVF treatment by saying they would be a burden to society and “unable to bring out the best outcomes for the child”: NHS South East London has said sorry for the “offence and distress” it caused, which prompted 175 single mothersContinue reading “As NHS England denies single women Scotland’s IVF service is 100%”

Majority of UK voters including Scots would encourage a United Ireland and are prepared to vote tactically for a Brexit outcome

Perhaps reinforcing the impression that the protestors on the streets of Glasgow in the last few days were not too representative of wider opinion, an opinion poll from Deltapoll, with more than 2 000 respondents on 5th to 7th September, showed quite strong support for the notion of a United Ireland: Indeed, only in WalesContinue reading “Majority of UK voters including Scots would encourage a United Ireland and are prepared to vote tactically for a Brexit outcome”

After Reporting Scotland called them ‘dysfunctional’ forcing an unnecessary inquiry did NHS Tayside’s chemotherapy dosage variations actually do good?

The Herald, above, still milking the story yesterday despite BBC Scotland seeming to have, if quietly, admitted they were wrong: Five months after Reporting Scotland had accused Tayside’s oncology department of being ‘dysfunctional’, the BBC Scotland website reported: Dr David Dunlop told NHS Tayside the deaths between 2016 and 2018 were not linked to treatment variation.Continue reading “After Reporting Scotland called them ‘dysfunctional’ forcing an unnecessary inquiry did NHS Tayside’s chemotherapy dosage variations actually do good?”

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