week Labour’s Monica Lennon asked
the Scottish Government how much each NHS board pays to private contractors for
hospital catering services. (S5W-24708). Jeanne Freeman’s response in a table
showed that around 11 million was outsourced. I was reminded then of how Labour had started
all this and the SNP had begun to put a stop to it in 2008:
Government today banned private contractors from tendering for catering and cleaning
deals at NHS hospitals with immediate effect. In a guidance note to
Scotland’s 14 health authorities, John Matheson, director of health finance at
the Health Finance Directorate, stated that cleaning and catering played a key
role in the delivery of clinical services in the NHS in Scotland. Existing
contracts for the provision of services are not affected by this
guidance. Last year Scotland spent £46m
on catering at its 64 general hospitals, although this figure includes
both public and private caterers.
important however was this intention in 2008:
The [SNP] secretary claims bringing catering and soft service in house are the only effective way to eradicate super-bugs, such as MRSA and Clostridium difficile from Scotland’s hospitals.
Then in June 2019, Labour’s Lennon asked how many hospital-acquired
infections have been connected to food products. The SNP Health Secretary was
able to reply that there had been NO
hospital-related foodborne outbreaks in the past five years.
is falling on only one UK railway network – D Division! What, is that Scotland?
British Transport Police record
crimes across 12 different categories, travellers will also be please to see
that violence against the person and sexual offences are falling in Scotland in line with a wider reduction of crime
across the country in the last 10 or more years:
And, crime was already much lower on D Division Scotland’s trains. England has 10 times the population so all things being equal might be expected to have 10 times the crime on its railways. Scotland had 1668 crimes in 2018/19 so England on that basis would have 16 680. From the data here, it had 65 099! The rate of crime on England’s railway system is 4 times higher than in Scotland.
How BBC UK saw the report from the BTP:
But hey the Herald only 18 minutes after we posted!
STV beats us by 20 minutes. Some young person on speed?
In the latest available annual NHS staff survey, from last year, 14.5% of staff said they had experienced physical violence from
patients, their relatives or the public. But the trade union, Unison, believes
many incidents are going unreported. Its research with the Health Service Journal, based on freedom of information requests from all NHS trusts in
England in 2016-17, found physical assaults on NHS hospital staff had risen
9.7% since 2015-16. The figures suggested that, on average, there were just
over 200 reported violent attacks on NHS workers every day.
situation in NHS Scotland is significantly different:
for violence and/or aggression toward NHS Scotland staff have fallen from 301
in 2008/9 to 190 in 2017/18, a fall of
37% in 9 years. NHS Scotland has 160 000 staff, so convictions are at
There has been a particularly welcomed and dramatic fall, 35%
in only 5 years, in attacks on emergency
workers, again in line with overall crime reduction in Scotland after more
than a decade of SNP-rule. See:
Perceptions of inequality are
strongly associated with problems such as violent crime. Has the SG government,
within the UK straight-jacket, had some effect on reducing a commonly shared
sense of inequality? See this for more:
likely? NHS Scotland is just more effective with fewer delays and more staff.
That must surely mean fewer situations where perhaps some scared patient tries
the only thing they know to get attention?
These three, averaging at exactly 50%,
coming after YouGov polls in 2017 and 2018 consistently putting support at 44% and
without predominantly independence supporting 16 and 17 year-olds, suggest a
real trend and one that puts the Union in serious jeopardy.
Tory Leader Jackson Carlaw is clearly sensitive about his gammonicity.
Yesterday the First Minister innocently said:
“I think it is probably embarrassment that is making his face go a
little bit red when he looks at the achievements of this government compared to
the achievement of his own party which is so obsessed with Brexit it’s
forgotten how to do anything else. “Carlaw responded: “Not my skin tone
again. Listen First Minister, at least I’ve got a full head of my own naturally
So, a bit
thin-skinned about his flushing, Carlaw seems happier with his barnet and he
has previous in weaponizing it. See this from 2016:
this an emerging strategy (from a fringe group) to win votes? Tories have
better hair? See:
clearly not a cover-up:
I’ll leave readers to think about the obvious barnet flaw at the very top of the party
The above crisis does not seem to be transferring to the Scottish media though BBC Scotland did have a go last week fed by the flawed and gloomy pessimism of the Audit Scotland estimates in their report a week ago:
Perhaps they remembered their own report admitting more than a year after we did that Scotland seems to have quite a lot of GPs compared to the non-Scottish parts of the UK:
Anyhow, in case that isn’t enough evidence,
see these recent posts here: