NHS England maternity unit temporary closures due to staff shortages becoming 50% more common. NHS Scotland maternity units – no news is good news?


See this from the Royal College of Midwives news release two days ago:

‘New research published today (11 September) reveals NHS [ENGLAND!] maternity units are more likely to close (due to staff shortages) at the end of the week and during holiday periods due to staff availability and more complex births. According to the findings by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), closures are more likely on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays than they are on Mondays to Wednesdays. The research also revealed that 50% more closures occurred in June compared to January, even though the number of births is roughly the same.’

You’ll see there the usual tendency among reporters and the RCM itself to forget that there are 4 NHS systems in the UK and that they need to be precise in their language. The full report does make it clear: Under pressure? NHS maternity services in England’ (link below).

I searched and searched for any evidence of weekend closures in Scottish maternity units, due to staff shortages and could find no mention anywhere. It was probably a waste of time because I feel sure that BBC Scotland’s team of research assistants will have been on the job and if they’d found a sniff of a weekend closure in Scotland, it would have been all over the news and picked up by all the Unionist media. So, I have to assume this is more evidence of crises in NHS England and ongoing strong performance in NHS Scotland but then we knew that already from these earlier reports:

‘NHS across UK has much to learn from Scotland?’ The King’s Fund told us this in 2013!

Record NHS Scotland workforce announced as NHS England struggles with far worse levels



SNP fail again to create a crisis in Scottish hospitals?


13 thoughts on “NHS England maternity unit temporary closures due to staff shortages becoming 50% more common. NHS Scotland maternity units – no news is good news?

  1. Bugger (the Panda) September 13, 2017 / 8:58 am

    Many people are confused and fail to understand that the NHS in Scotland is different from the NHS that the BBC talk about. I have been told that some staff in NHS Scotland do not understand that too!

    We need to change the Scottish NHS to SNHS


    • Clydebuilt September 13, 2017 / 12:23 pm

      BTP . . . Think it was Michael Forsyth (1997) who came up with the idea of renaming the Scottish Health Service . . , the SNHS . . , England’s was already labelled the NHS . . .

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      • Bugger (the Panda) September 13, 2017 / 12:26 pm

        Who blocked it or stopped it?


      • Clydebuilt September 13, 2017 / 9:49 pm

        Should have been NHS Scotland not SNHS Blocked or stopped it?

        Following from WoS https://wingsoverscotland.com/why-only-independence-can-save-our-nhs/

        John Jamieson says:
        2 December, 2012 at 3:28 pm
        An excellent historical perspective Scott. Just a minor point about nomenclature: the Scottish NHS was called The Scottish Health Service up until the early 1990s when Michael Forsyth decided to rename it “The NHS in Scotland” in order to create the illusion that the Scottish NHS was simply a sub division of a (UK) NHS. No such national identifier was ever applied to the English NHS, which continued to be referred to simply as “The NHS”.

        At the end of the 1990s the incoming Labour administration first reduced the number of trusts created by Forsyth and then returned the remaining acute and primary care trusts to area health board administration. The new entities retained the original health board boundaries, with the exception of Argyll & Clyde which, in a move that remains controversial, was divided between Greater Glasgow and Highland. The old designation of “Health Board” was replaced by the new designation “NHS Highland, NHS Forth Valley etc.” At this time the term “NHS Scotland” was introduced.

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    • Clydebuilt September 14, 2017 / 6:24 am

      Btp see comment below .(9.49pm) . . Should have replied to your original comment not my own . . .


    • Bugger (the Panda) September 13, 2017 / 10:38 am

      They will not do that

      the FA, like there are no others

      and the Premier League when that was used in Scotland long before it was adopted in England.

      English exceptionalism


  2. Contrary September 13, 2017 / 8:30 pm

    Can I assume that when they say ‘closures’, it means ‘closures to new admittances’ ?? I had a terrible image of new born babies getting turfed out,,,

    It really doesn’t take much to add which NHS they are talking about, and indeed infuriates me when the news doesn’t. But then, our glorious state broadcaster doesn’t even realise that the words ‘male’ and ‘female’ are adjectives, it still makes me wince each time they use it inappropriately – which is all the time because they are a bunch of dim-witted fools. And because we are led to believe, by those same fools, that they are the pinnacle of excellent reportage, then we can hardly expect any better of other media. I mean, if your whole career, your focus and training, has all been put into journalism, surely you would have learnt some grammar? The fact they put it out there is cringeworthy and speaks of a huge lack of professionalism. This doesn’t apply to rest of us, obviously.


    • Clydebuilt September 14, 2017 / 6:43 pm

      Call Kaye and others boast of their inability to do maths . . . When what they really mean is arithmetic. They’ve almost made it fashionable to be incompetent at Maths.


  3. johnrobertson834 September 14, 2017 / 7:50 am

    They changed Higher English so that you could pass it without requiring these mundane aspects of language.


  4. Margaret Black September 14, 2017 / 8:47 am

    Older people think it’s all one health service, it’s never made clear , so they think Scotland is failing them


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