Scottish Lib Dems fume as NHS England told to copy NHS Scotland?

After 3 failed attempts to persuade the Scottish Government to adopt 3 failed Westminster policy initiatives and, thus, demonstrate the strength of the Union (link below), Stephanie Jones-Berry has undone all their good work. In the Nursing Standard today:

Implementing safe staffing ratios would solve the workforce crisis in England, according to an expert in the field. Linda Aiken, a specialist in nurse safe staffing research, roused nurses into rapturous applause on the issue at the RCN International Nursing Research Conference, held in Sheffield this week. Dr Aiken, a University of Pennsylvania professor of nursing and an RCN honorary fellow, said workforce shortages should not be used as an excuse for inaction. Dr Aiken also said NHS employers could pay back newly-qualified nurses’ student loans if they guaranteed to remain with the organisation for a set period.

https://rcni.com/nursing-standard/newsroom/news/implement-safe-staffing-to-solve-recruitment-crisis-says-nurse-expert-152906

Now, Dr Aiken has a Scottish-sounding name. Does she keep in touch with developments in NHS Scotland? See this from 2nd May:

Legislation to support staffing across health and social care services has been passed by the Scottish Parliament. The Health and Care (Staffing) Bill is the first comprehensive multi-disciplinary workload and workforce planning legislation in the UK…..Speaking after the vote, Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said: “This is an important Bill that will promote safe staffing across our NHS and social care services and, in doing so, improve patient experience.

https://www.gov.scot/news/safe-nhs-staffing-law-passed/

Here’s the Lib Dem ‘Copy England wee jocks’ link:

UK-obsessed Scottish Lib Dems want us to copy a third Westminster policy to do something we are already doing better ourselves.

The adoption of safe staffing is of course made feasible by earlier developments:

As NHS England is pulled into ethnic nationalist self-destruction why there is no Scottish crisis in nurse staffing

June 4, 2019

Scotland’s nursing and midwifery staffing and student recruitment are Miles better!

May 24, 2019

SHOCK NHS Scotland has 50% more nurses per head of population!

April 27, 2019

Eight years of steady improvement in outcomes for Scotland’s schoolchildren leaving non-Scottish parts well behind?

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Note: This report has not been checked by Alasdair, TuS Education and Gardening Correspondent. Readers are advised to re-read after he has had time to wash his hands, hopefully not of the whole thing though (I know, clumsy sentence).

Is that top line a bit flat?

Again, that looks a bit flat. Bigger graph with taller Y axis would give the achievement what it deserves, visually.

For older readers, SCQF Level 6 is like the Highers award, Level 5 is like O Grade or the higher Standard Grade awards and Level 4 is like the lower Standard Grade awards (Alasdair?).

From Summary Statistics for Attainment, Leaver Destinations and Healthy Living No. 8: 2018 Edition (Best-seller title?), corrected and released again today, we see clear evidence of a steady growth in the number of pupils leaving Scotland’s schools with qualifications and/or with the happy expectation of going on to a positive destination in either work or in further and higher education.

https://www.gov.scot/binaries/content/documents/govscot/publications/statistics/2019/09/attainment-leaver-destinations-healthy-living-summary-statistics/documents/children-education-skills-summary-statistics-attainment-leaver-destinations-healthy-living-no-8-2018-edition/children-education-skills-summary-statistics-attainment-leaver-destinations-healthy-living-no-8-2018-edition/govscot%3Adocument/children-education-skills-summary-statistics-attainment-leaver-destinations-healthy-living-no-8-2018-edition.pdf

Though not 100% certain about the comparison (Alasdair?), I think only 66.9% of GCSE entrants in England got 1 or more GCSE awards compared to the 86.1% in Scotland achieving 1 or more SCQF Level 5 awards.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-45282518

NEW: Shares JUMP as oil is STRUCK in Lincoln in the Greater Warwick Area (west of Shetland) but is NOT NEWS!

© Insider

In Insider yesterday but not anywhere else, not even in BBC Business News:

Hurricane Energy today confirmed speculation that it has struck oil at a well west of Shetland. Shares jumped by more than 8% in early trading after the group said a test on the Lincoln Crestal well in the Greater Warwick area produced oil to the surface, resulting in a flare. The well was shut-in on Sunday to enable a planned pressure build-up test. Since first oil from the Lancaster field in the West of Shetlands area was achieved in June, Hurricane Energy said production has averaged 14,400 barrels of oil per day with 1.2 million barrels of crude oil sold to date. The output was achieved despite flows being held back by Hurricane only being able to use one of two subsea flowlines for much of the period due to operational reasons.

https://www.insider.co.uk/news/north-sea-explorer-strikes-oil-19910875

Lincoln, Warwick and Lancaster oil-wells and fields west of Shetland!? Cultural imperialism?

Scottish oil is currently selling at $62.44 per barrel but Eton and Oxbridge pals are conspiring to largely give it away for nothing. See:

Johnson’s Great Scottish Oilfield Cover-up of 2019?

Ocean-powered data centre for Caithness a first in the World

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In Insider yesterday:

The company behind a world-leading tidal energy project in the Scottish Highlands has today announced plans for a new data centre which would be powered from electricity generated at the site. SIMEC Atlantis said the data centre planned for Caithness would be the first ocean-powered facility of its kind. It expects that the data centre would be connected to multiple international subsea fibre optic cables, offering a fast and reliable connection to London, Europe and the USA as well as improved links with the central belt.

https://www.insider.co.uk/news/worlds-first-tidal-energy-powered-19910710

Earlier waves of reporting here on tidal power:

Scotland ‘the Saudi Arabia of tidal power’ takes another step forward with World’s most powerful marine turbine

August 14, 2019

In Energy Voice yesterday: An Aberdeen-headquartered firm has agreed a multi-million deal to construct a ground-breaking new tidal turbine from its port-side facility in Dundee. Texo Group, who employ 35 staff in Dundee, said the deal with Orkney-based Orbital Marine…

Scotland’s tidal power hits massive record of 12GW!

February 22, 2019

In Energy Voice today: ‘Simec Atlantis Energy’s chief executive Tim Cornelius announced that the Meygen tidal array had exported more than 12 gigawatts (GW) of energy to the Scottish grid. The tidal turbine has now beaten the previous world record…

A tidal surge for Scottish energy?

November 8, 2018

In Energy Voice today: ‘A “nice little industry” is emerging in the north of Scotland tidal energy sector, a top renewables analyst has said. Adam Forsyth, director of renewables and infrastructure at financial services firm Cantor…

Leading academic says Alex Salmond crowdfunding has inspired Orkney tidal turbine scheme

October 17, 2018

The staggering success of the Alex Salmond crowdfunding scheme which reached its target within less than one day, has probably inspired the decision by Orbital Marine Power to…

More signs of a tidal surge in Scotland’s renewables industry

August 22, 2018

You’ve probably seen this already, but I thought I’d connect it to the wider and longer story of Scottish renewables. See links below. From Energy Voice yesterday and reported accurately by Reporting Scotland (!): ‘Scotrenewables Tidal Power said…

World’s largest tidal power array comes on line in Pentland Firth and is ‘a triumph of public policy’ due to Scottish Government support

April 18, 2018

In Climate Action, today: ‘This achievement is a triumph of public policy and a demonstration of what can be achieved when government and the private sector roll their sleeves up and decide to create a whole new industry…

Scotland’s tidal energy expertise to help poor communities in South-East Asia

November 28, 2017

A new four-turbine platform built in Peterhead is to be tested in the Connel Sound near Oban. The Connel Sound as many of you will know is suitably turbulent and will give the equipment a thorough going over. Once tested…

MAJOR NEWS: World’s first tidal-powered hydrogen generated in Scotland after £3 million funding from SNP Government

September 14, 2017

This could turn out to be a key moment in the move toward 100% reliable renewable energy use. Tidal power generation is constant and powerful. Hydrogen is ‘green’. Hydrogen can be stored. Hydrogen can be used to power all sorts…

As world’s largest tidal energy plant in Pentland Firth generates 1GWh which is enough for 700 000 homes, will Scotland become the most energy-rich country in Europe?

August 10, 2017

The MeyGen project jointly owned by Tidal Power Scotland and Scottish Enterprise has just recorded electricity generation at 1 GWh which is sufficient for 700 000 homes! 700 000! Now we’ve already heard that wind power has several…

Different NHS Scotland and Wales reject England’s hostile environment for vulnerable migrant mothers-to-be

‘Migrant Mother’: Photograph by Dorothea Lange (California, 1936)

In the Guardian yesterday:

The safety of vulnerable mothers and newborn babies is being put at risk by NHS fees that deter undocumented migrant women from accessing carea new report from Maternity Action backed by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has warned. NHS packages for overseas pregnant women start at £7,000 for antenatal, pregnancy and postnatal care, but can rise to thousands of pounds if the mother or child experience complications.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/sep/09/end-nhs-maternity-charges-for-vulnerable-migrants-say-midwives

The situation in Scotland according to the BMJ in May:

Of course, care does not have to be restricted in this way. In Scotland and in Wales, a different approach is being taken. There, “refused” asylum seekers and migrants whose status is deemed “irregular” have the same rights and entitlements to health care as the general population. A recent systematic review reported that policies restricting welfare entitlements increased the likelihood of poor self-rated health and mortality. We propose that, in the absence of such data, approaches in Scotland and Wales demonstrate that the provision of healthcare can be separated from migration policy and align with the principles of ensuring universal healthcare coverage for all. This should not only be welcomed, but strongly encouraged.

By itself, this might not mean a great deal, other than to the mothers, but together with many other differences, it does:

Scotland IS a different place as its universities offer guaranteed places to care leavers

Abuse of women and the disabled far higher in England than in Scotland

Less homicide, less knife crime, less domestic violence, safer cities and now much lower alcohol problems: should Scotland’s old stereotypes be sent south?

Racial hate crimes increase by 33% in England & Wales while falling by 10% in Scotland: Who says we’re not different?

Scottish Muslim students far less likely to report abuse or crime?

Terror de-radicalisation referral rate in Scotland less than one third per capita of that in England

Only in Scotland! ‘A review of small country’s approaches to public policy reform in response to economic, demographic and other pressures found that only in Scotland could this ‘golden thread’ be so clearly discerned’

Scientific evidence that Scots tend to be different from the other groups in rUK?

Who said Scots were not more left-wing than those in the rest of the UK?

With 1 in 4 living wage employers already in Scotland, the Scottish Government aims to make this a ‘Living Wage Nation’

8% of the UK population and 28% of living wage employers. More evidence that we are different enough to want to run the whole show?

80 000 lowest paid workers in NHS England still on poverty wages as NHS Scotland follows Scottish Government policy to pay a living wage to all public-sector employees

Scottish care workers to receive Living Wage for ‘sleepover’ hours while English care workers receive only the National Minimum Wage.

Different Scotland in the UN report on ‘Workhouse Britain’

Scottish values making oil and gas firms a tad different too?

Are Scotland’s employers also different – more willing to pay a decent wage?

With 1 in 4 living wage employers already in Scotland, the Scottish Government aims to make this a ‘Living Wage Nation’

8% of the UK population and 28% of living wage employers. More evidence that we are different enough to want to run the whole show?

Another difference as UK small and medium-sized business people prefer Boris while Scots prefer…

Another difference between Scotland and rUK?

NHS England’s new motto: Who is laike us? Dem few and they err awl daid!

Scottish Government support for small businesses superior to that in non-Scottish parts of UK

There’s no trust left as Herald tries to infect the public space

In a frankly disgusting exploitative manner, a supposed journalist uses a handful of parents and an image worthy of the lowest ethical standards, to generate a crisis when there is none there, in the lived experience of 99.99999% of readers. Once more, I won’t write anew but simply remind you of how this agenda, part of proxy war against the Scottish government, has previously been countered with evidence:

Reporting Scotland undeterred that VERY PREMATURE baby died AS A RESULT OF PREMATURITY

Exploitation of the sick to undermine the SNP Government: Reporting Scotland’s dysfunctional health correspondence

Hospital infections: Reporting Scotland have a real problem as they lie again and again

Scotsman and Herald give unwitting lesson on how they constructed a different reality on medical training for us

Scotsman, Herald and National (!) contradicted as evidence shows Scottish Ambulance Service in ‘excellent condition’

Herald says ‘tripled’ yet NHS stats say down 80%: Who you gonna believe?

Scotland’s hospitals 100% free of infections related to food!

Remember when it was video nasties? Then it was dangerous dogs. Then it was skinny models. Now it’s hospital infections

In less than a year Reporting Scotland has lied openly about at least school exclusions, crime gangs, obesity, infant school tests, hospital infections and violent crime

Why does Reporting Scotland’s ‘dysfunctional’ breast cancer department have ‘average’ death rate?

A FAKE scandal based on FAKE news where NO ONE suffered any pain

I refuse to write new stuff about this very old and stinky stuff from the Herald/Labour Party Alliance so here are a few tales of what Scotland’s hospitals really do:

BBC Scotland gives you sick children, unsafe hospitals, drug deaths and more drug deaths: You want independence? At a time like this?

Scotland’s hospitals 100% free of infections related to food!

Scottish hospitals saving more lives than ever before

SHOCK: ISIS Jihadis caught feeding infected pigeon hordes near Glasgow hospitals!

How Reporting Scotland INVENTED a crisis of infected hospitals for us

Does BBC Scotland’s architect expert know pigeon poo about giant hospitals or indeed anything big?

Delayed discharges from Scottish hospitals FALL by more than 4% despite massive increase in demand throughout 2018

Scottish hospitals continue improvements in hip and knee replacement, despite 14.5% increase in demand, to meet SNP target for standing up to Westminster

Standardised mortality rate in Scotland’s hospitals falls by nearly 10% in just three years despite crude mortality levels being static and as ‘20,000 ‘additional deaths’ have occurred in England and Wales in the first 16 weeks of this year.’

Scottish hospitals meet their patient safety aim 15 months early

Not reported: Scottish building standards far more extensive, more stringent, more comprehensive and more transparent than in England

SNP blamed as none of improving NHS Scotland’s boards in 10 worst places for cancer treatment waiting times

Patient safety frequently at risk in NHS hospitals in…..

Stunning 91% achievement by NHS Scotland A&E, 12% better than NHS England

Patient safety frequently at risk in NHS hospitals in…..

In the Observer yesterday:

Patient safety is frequently at risk in NHS hospital trusts in England, with 70% of them failing to meet national safety standards, according to an Observer analysis of inspection reports, with staff shortages the biggest problem. Reports by the regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC) reveal that managers at one trust failed to act on staff reports of abuse and violence, while a shortage of critical beds at another trust led to three serious incidents resulting in patient harm. Of 148 acute and general hospital trusts, safety standards at 96 are rated as “requires improvement” by the CQC; six are rated inadequate, the lowest category. The others are rated good, with none outstanding.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/sep/08/seven-in-10-hospital-trusts-fail-to-meet-safety-standards

Scotland’s Nomedia are not reporting any equivalent crisis here. While the absence of evidence is not always the evidence of absence, I feel sure Reporting Scotland would be all over it if they had anything even approaching evidence in, even, a single hospital, so I think we can relax.

We do have evidence from a reliable source that NHS Scotland’s safety mechanisms are secure. From the highly respected and impartial, Nuffield Trust, in 2017:

  1. Scotland has a unique system of improving the quality of health care. It focuses on engaging the altruistic professional motivations of frontline staff to do better and building their skills to improve. Success is defined based on specific measurements of safety and effectiveness that make sense to clinicians. (3)
  2. A watershed came in 2008 [first SNP Government?] with the introduction of the Scottish Patient Safety Programme (SPSP), which many of our interviewees saw as the exemplar and the keystone of quality improvement in Scotland. (6)
  3. A fourth difference is that Scotland’s institutions for scrutiny of health care sit within the same organisation as its institutions for quality improvement. Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) has a scrutiny and assurance directorate, which includes the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI) that monitors cleanliness and safety through announced and unannounced inspections. (9)
  4. One interviewee with a pivotal role in developing Scotland’s system answered the challenge by reflecting the question back on us: did we think the people we had spoken to were complacent? The answer is, generally, no. The “chronic unease” about whether more could be done, which has been identified21 as an important orientation in improving safety and quality, was widespread. Interviews carried out by McDermott et al with a wider set of central and frontline employees came to the same conclusion.22 But particularly when considering whether Scottish institutions could be transferred elsewhere, it is. Learning from Scotland’s NHS it is important to recognise that cultural and even individual factors, as much as hard institutions, are the part of the system that guards against complacency. (13)

https://www.nuffieldtrust.org.uk/files/2017-07/learning-from-scotland-s-nhs-final.pdf

UK’s shameful adult literacy’ MORE THAN 4 TIMES as common in non-Scottish parts

In the Observer yesterday:

Bestselling author Jojo Moyes has called on the government and the publishing industry to do more about the UK’s “shameful” adult literacy record. In 2018, Moyes, writer of global hits including Me Before You and The Girl You Left Behind, donated three years of funding to charity the Reading Agency for its Quick Reads scheme, saving the scheme from closure when its previous sponsorship ran out.

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/sep/07/jojo-moyes-must-government-tackle-shameful-adult-literacy

As often before, the reference to ‘UK’ drives me on to find out if we’re all the same or not. So, from the sometimes-reliable BBC Scotland but only as recently as 2010:

Scotland’s adult literacy levels are on a par with the world’s most advanced economies, a new survey has suggested. The Scottish Survey of Adult Literacy showed that 73.3% of the population had an internationally recognised level of reading and writing. Despite the high levels of literacy, the survey also showed that more than a quarter, 26.7% of Scots experienced “occasional challenges” due to their lack of literacy skills, while 3.6% were classed as having “very poor” skills.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-10963769#targetText=The%20Scottish%20Survey%20of%20Adult,than%20any%20other%20age%20group.

I couldn’t find a more recent assessment, but in a 2019 report by the Literacy Trust, 2011 and 2015 data were used for England:

In England, adult literacy is often referred to in terms of ‘levels’ – for example, a 2011 government survey of adult literacy skills found that 14.9% (or 1 in 7) of adults in England have literacy levels at or below Entry Level 3, which is equivalent to the literacy skills expected of a nine to 11-year-old. More recently, in 2015, the OECD conducted its Survey of Adult Skills, known as PIAAC (Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies). This survey found that 16.4% (or 1 in 6) of adults in England, and 17.9% (or 1 in 5) adults in Northern Ireland, have literacy levels at or below Level 1, which is considered to be ‘very poor literacy skills’.

https://literacytrust.org.uk/parents-and-families/adult-literacy/what-do-adult-literacy-levels-mean/

So, unless things have changed considerably, very poor adult literacy skills are between 4 and 4.5 times as common in England as they are in Scotland?

SNP MSP sends 3 daft tweets and is suspended; Tory MP sends 2 000 ‘sexual texts’ and is cleared

In the Observer yesterday:

A Conservative MP who bombarded two young women with lewd text messages has been cleared of wrongdoing by the parliamentary standards watchdog. Andrew Griffiths, 48, resigned as minister for small business last July after it was revealed he had sent 2,000 sexual texts to Imogen Treharne, a barmaid, and her friend in just 21 days, weeks after the birth of his first child. The watchdog said it had not found evidence that the Burton and Uttoxeter MP sent the messages while engaged in parliamentary activities and allegations that he breached the House of Commons code of conduct were not upheld.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/sep/08/tory-mp-andrew-griffiths-cleared-of-wrongdoing-for-sending-explicit-texts

He’s still a member of the Conservative Party.

In sharp contrast SNP MSP Mark McDonald was suspended from the party after sending these stupid tweets:

Remember McDonald carried out no physical abusive act, made no actual threats of an abusive act, was not charged by the police.

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