Nicola Sturgeon ambushed by alleged foodbank user who is then exposed by her own Facebook images and Twitter comments


According to the Scottish Sun:

‘The First Minister faced humiliation when she was confronted by a nurse who claimed she can’t afford to feed herself who turned out to have Facebook snaps of dinners in fancy restaurants and New Year parties in New York… It is believed that the nurse works for private healthcare firm BUPA and sent her daughter to George Heriot’s School in Edinburgh.’

Pictures of Nurse, Claire Austin eating out at the 5 Star Plaza in New York seem to cast doubt on her finances. Again, according to the Sun, her Twitter account describes her as ‘moderately rich’ with a privately-educated daughter.

Readers of my blog will know that I have often posted hard evidence of how well the SNP government is managing our NHS. See this:

NHS Scotland is demonstrably the best-performing in the UK and among the best in the World: Look at the evidence.


  1. Scotland has the best and still improving A&E performance in the World. (Royal College of Emergency Medicine and 1, 2)
  2. Scotland has the most GPs per head of population in the UK and has had so every year since at least 2004. (Nuffield Trust 3)
  3. Scotland’s GPs feel the most-satisfied, the least over-worked and the least-stressed in the UK and perhaps in the World. (Commonwealth Foundation of New York 4)
  4. Scotland’s GPs are significantly more satisfied with the coordination across multiple sites and providers than in England. (Commonwealth Foundation of New York 4)
  5. 94% of Scottish cancer patients rated care as ‘highly positive’ but only 61% of English cancer patients did so. ( and NCPES 5, 6)
  6. Over 100 000 treatment delays caused by junior doctor strikes in England but none in Scotland (BBC 7)
  7. Bed-blocking in Scottish hospitals remains on a downward trend, with 7% fewer delayed discharges than last year. This is in stark comparison to other parts of the UK where the number of people delayed waiting to leave hospital is on the ris (Herald, Scotsman and Jersey Evening Post! BBC 8, 9)
  8. Scotland spends more per capita on health (Nuffield Trust, 10)
  9. Scotland, by contrast [with England], has abolished all vestiges of the ‘internal market’. (The King’s Fund 11)
  10. There is relatively little cross-border flow of patients from Scotland to England. (The King’s Fund 11)
  11. Scotland specifically embraces a philosophy of ‘mutuality’ between the Scottish people and the NHS. Internally it has a highly developed approach to partnership working between the trade unions and management. The partnership’s remit stretches well beyond terms and conditions to broader issues such as quality and the design of services. (The King’s Fund 11)
  12. Scotland has a long and honourable tradition of clinical audit that over the years, both before and after devolution, has helped inform the approach of the other countries. (The King’s Fund 11)
  13. Scotland appears to have made more progress [in developing integrated care], perhaps in part due to its relative organisational stability over the past decade (The King’s Fund 11)
  14. Scotland’s greater and earlier success in getting an electronic and shared summary care record in place, despite England investing vastly greater sums in its National Programme for IT (The King’s Fund 11)
  15. Public satisfaction with the Scottish NHS reaches as high as 74% in Scotland but only as high as 63% in England (King’s Fund, 12)
  16. Scottish nurses more confident in coping with demand than English nurses (OK I made that one up as I wait for the RCN to come clean on the data and confirm my guess)

NHS Scotland staffing climbs to a record high as the Tories create a catastrophic fall in NHS England

Trust me, I’m a BBC TV Doctor and I can assure you NHS Scotland is much better.

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


4 thoughts on “Nicola Sturgeon ambushed by alleged foodbank user who is then exposed by her own Facebook images and Twitter comments

  1. TheStrach May 22, 2017 / 7:58 pm

    I won’t comment on the individual, plenty of others are doing that but not always in a constructive manner.

    For me the issue is once again the BBC trying to catch the FM out by planting devolved issue questions during a debate prior to the General Election. This is a clear and systematic approach by the BBC which must be called out rather than focusing on an individual. Unfortunately, their latest attack has diverted some of us from the real enemies of independence – the BBC, MSM papers and the London parties. We need to get smarter as they’ll keep doing this until the election.

    Fortunately our opponents are making mistake after mistake. May is looking more unstable, weak and indecisive as the campaign progresses.

    Hopefully we’ll get another bounce when the SNP manifesto is published tomorrow morning.

    Keep up the good work.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Clydebuilt May 22, 2017 / 9:22 pm

    Radio Scotland dinner time , John Beattie’s show, interviewed senior rep from RCN …… Never questioning the truth of the nurses claims of having to use a foodbank. Later going on to interview health secretary, Shona Robison, , asking her “do you think Nurses get paid enough”, our State broadcaster’s version of investigative churnalism.

    A lot of people will now be aware of the facts it’s all over social media plus Scotlands biggest selling Daily red top. This will undermine trust in the state broadcaster. the more people who see the photographs the better, . Crivens!

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s