According to the Scottish Information Commissioner’s (SIC) records, in the last three years (2005 to mid 2007), of the Labour/Lib-Dem coalition, BBC Scotland made only three FoI requests of Scottish Government departments. It would have been surprising if they had made more because a public service provider depends on government for its funding and so is unlikely to try to expose any flaws in any of its departments. Don’t bite the hand as they say. Again, according to the Scottish Information Commissioner’s records In the last three years of the SNP government (2014 to 29 November 2016), they made twenty-six! The SIC does not receive all the requests made and does not know of any made directly by the BBC to local governments or health boards. According to the Scottish Government’s Strategy and Constitution Directorate, BBC Scotland has made a total of 160 FoI requests since January 2008!
I’m still waiting for a response from the English equivalent to the SIC to see how many FoI requests BBC England has made. I’m also still waiting on a response to my FoI request to BBC Scotland.
Readers of Wings over Scotland will remember their August 2015 request under the Freedom of Information Act for the viewing figures for Good Morning Scotland and the 2015 post-news debate programme. As Wings put it the BBC reply was ‘None of your damned business!’ The Rev then correctly interpreted this as, ‘taxation without representation.’
I was driven to make these requests by the recent disgusting scare story on Scotland’s maternity wards broadcast by Reporting Scotland and proudly claiming credit for their own FoI-base investigative journalism. My response is at:
The last three FoI requests made of the Labour/Lib-Dem coalition were unlikely to have cast any shadow on that Scottish government while all of the last 26 made of the SNP government were about NHS Scotland on topics such as:
‘Personal injury compensation claims’
‘GP Practice list cleansing.’
Talk about ‘fucking ambulance chasers!’ You can see what they were after.
I’ve said it before and I’ve been criticised for supposed exaggeration and poor taste but I’ll say it again:
BBC Reporting Scotland’s often daily serial NHS scare stories are almost certainly putting some patients of attending, causing increased anxiety even abject fear in others, and so, causing unnecessary deaths. It must be heart-breaking for NHS Scotland employees to go home and watch this. Have BBC Reporting Scotland no shame?
I know they want to prevent Scottish independence but have they no shame? The might as well join Rupert Murdoch’s stable.
Footnote: I’m currently receiving NHS Scotland care, in Ayr, and it’s bloody marvellous!