It’s only really been today (11.1.17) that UK Labour has started attacking, using it as a weapon, the Tory management of the disaster that is NHS England yet Scottish Labour have been digging furiously for the slightest thing that they can get BBC Scotland to turn into a ‘crisis’ for years now.
I’ve been keeping a note, for Reporting Scotland and STV since 1st January 2017. I plan, of course to release a more full report later but I think there’s a place for interim reports so here’s the first. I’ll be comparing BBC and STV evening news broadcasts to use the latter as a kind of benchmark for what is reasonable and not openly anti-independence propaganda. I’m now fairly sure that STV have made a commercial decision not to drive away their many Yes-supporting viewers, in the interests of maintaining their advertising revenue.
January 1st to 3rd were left alone.
BBC: Operations in Grampian cancelled due to a shortage of theatre nurses and patients not taking drugs properly.
BBC: Nearly 700 patients die in hospital waiting discharge: Labour FoI request; extended
STV: Same story but shorter
BBC: GP leaders call for more funding for patients in deprived areas
BBC: 21 operations cancelled everyday: Labour FoI request
STV: Same story but set in context of only 2% of total
BBC: Glasgow Drug Fix Rooms (SNP policy) unlikely to reduce drug abuse
BBC: Call for more funding for research into Type 1 Diabetes
STV: A&E miss waiting time target for week ending January 1st. 92% instead of 95%
So, in 7 days, that’s 7 reports with the potential to undermine Scottish Government management of the NHS, on BBC Reporting Scotland and only 3 on STV. Further, the STV reports have tended to offer more contextual information to put the reports into scale and perspective.
We’re off and running with an NHS scare nearly every day, creating a senses of crisis through repetition, on Reporting Scotland, and more than twice the rate of STV.