NHS Health Check: Which part of the UK is doing the best?


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That’s the BBC’s own headline from their website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38853700

It was the 17th item if you were reading the page from top to bottom and left to right. It was the 8th NHS item. All bar this one were about NHS England. It’s not on the BBC Scotland News website at all. Surely that would be interesting for Scottish readers?

I’d already browsed the Guardian and Independent newspaper websites and had been hit sharply in the face (heart?) with these frankly awful news headlines about NHS England:

‘One in six A&E departments at risk of closure or downgrade.’

 ‘The number of patients on hospital wards in England has been at unsafe levels at nine out of 10 NHS trusts this winter, BBC analysis shows.’

‘Upfront charges for NHS foreign patients in England.’

Can you imagine Jackie Bird’s face and tone if these were about NHS Scotland? There’d be calls for resignations and Ruth Davidson would be condemning them as evidence of the SNP’s failure to govern, conveniently forgetting they’re all evidence of her own party’s catastrophic and psychopathic lack of care in England.

In NHS Health Check: Which part of the UK is doing the best? They do their best to delay what we in Scotland know must be coming by opening with this selective and dishonest opener:

‘No matter where you live in the UK, you will find local NHS services are under immense pressure. None of the four nations is achieving any of its three key targets for A&E, cancer or routine treatments, such as knee and hip replacements. All have developed plans and strategies to deal with the common challenges – rising demand, squeezes on funding and the ageing population. But each has found this winter to be particularly difficult.’

However, unlike the TV and Radio news, the online version does seem to have some sense of journalistic honesty and pride in what it does so tells the truth with this:

 ‘Out of all the four nations, hospitals in Scotland seem [seem?] to have fared the best.

Weekly data shows four-hour performance in major units hovering around the 90% mark during January.

Much of the credit has been given to the way councils and the health services are working together.

Budgets have been pooled, encouraging a close working relationship to help get frail patients out of hospital by providing extra rehabilitation services in the community.’


This is bound to be on Reporting Scotland tonight, eh?


6 thoughts on “NHS Health Check: Which part of the UK is doing the best?

  1. km2011ad February 6, 2017 / 12:47 pm

    Weasel worded article, what struck me was the lack of cancer performance figures/% in England, left me thinking they must be woeful if BBC have left them out, yet quoted other home nations %’s I had a quick look, could only find figures for 2014-15 (http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/cancer-statistics/diagnosis-and-treatment#heading-One) in that, England’s 62 day target from 1st referral was on 83.2% missing their 85% target, Scotland was 93.1% with a target of 95%, strangely Wales was quoted at 96.1% with a target of 95% but cancer UK says it does not meet standard, the more astute reader will notice England can’t even meet a lower 85%target, could just be me, but are BBC hiding something?

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    • John February 6, 2017 / 1:02 pm

      I would imagine they are , noticed that myself and wondered why no figure given , just more manipulated results from the unionist media .

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    • johnrobertson834 February 6, 2017 / 1:37 pm

      At first thought you meant my writing was weaselly. Stoatally differerent. Thanks for the extra info.


  2. Clydebuilt February 6, 2017 / 3:31 pm

    On this mornings GMS. Just after 8.30am Dr. Allyson Pollock said that after 2012 Health & Social Care Act passed into law “The NHS in England ceased to exist” as the act abolished the duty of the Secretary Of State to provide & secure services.


    Allyson Pollock continued “The Tory government are rapidly selling of portions of England’s NHS to the private sector.”

    As this process continues this will mean less money coming to Scotland to fund its NHS through Barnett Consequentials”


      • Clydebuilt February 6, 2017 / 6:46 pm

        The woman’s a hero. She’s been pushing this message out since circa 2012. On GMS after 8.30, usually a pointer that the BBC don’t want a big audience. Didn’t dissapoint. Put her message on flyers during Indy Ref 1.

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