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?