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 second. 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.
In the first seven days to the 10th January we had 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 tended to offer more contextual information to put the reports into scale and perspective. You can see the detail of the first set of stories at:
From the 11th January, on Reporting Scotland, we had:
12th First Minister under fire for delays in new trauma centres, targets for A&E not met since September, only one out of all eight targets met
13th A health board apologises to five pregnant mothers who were turned away [7 miles] from the maternity unit a Glasgow’s ‘flagship’ hospital because of a shortage of beds
15th The Chair of the BMA in Scotland is warning that the NHS [Scotland] could be moving toward ‘system breakdown.’
17th Waiting time target for A&E missed for first week in January, delays to Trauma centres
19th Re HIV cases surviving in 50s but ‘leading charity is worrying about what it describes as as a social care time bomb.’
So, that was eight scares in these nine days. STV were only to cover the delay in the traumas centres on the 11th, the missed A&E targets on the 17th and to repeat the delay in the trauma centres story on the 18th. So, for STV, there were only 3 comparable stories.
From the 1st to 19th January, we now had BBC Scotland reporting often very dramatically 15 scare stories about NHS Scotland while STV reported only 6.
I’ve discussed the actual flaws in the reports which make them clearly ‘scare stories’ rather than responsible news reporting elsewhere on this site.
The picture is now even clearer than it was a week ago. BBC Reporting Scotland remains, it seems, desperate to undermine the Scottish Government at every turn using, irresponsibly, NHS Scotland as a weapon.
The possible negative effects on potential patients, patients, relatives and staff, of this strategy, are discussed more fully and referenced with evidence at:
Is BBC Reporting Scotland’s ‘Weaponising’ of NHS Scotland likely to actually increase both physical and mental health problems?