Not a man to bear grudges, Alex Cole-Hamilton turns up today as part-time, unpaid, junior, assistant, temporary, health correspondent for the Herald (and anyone else).
This is, of course, just the latest in a series of stories made up by the Lib-Dems, Labour and Tories in an attempt to undermine the Scottish Government and to provide our shrinking mainstream media with free copy. Here are earlier examples reported here:
Herald and STV able to cut staffing after outsourcing their Health Correspondent role on a rotational basis to Labour and Tories. NHS Scotland spending 0.46% of budget on overtime while English nurses do it unpaid!
Today, it’s the turn of the Lib Dem health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton to tell us:
This makes, he said, for a “crisis” in general practice in Scotland.
I appreciate that he hasn’t had the benefit of journalism training, so a complete lack of context was to be expected. I also appreciate, it would have made little difference such is his desire to gnaw, rattily at the reputation of the best NHS around.
Now, I’m not saying that one vacant post doesn’t matter but I suspect that after two years, the work is being covered by a system which has more GPs per capita than elsewhere and which seems to have higher morale too. See these for evidence, Alex:
No time for rest Alex! The Scotsman, STV and BBC want something on this too, by noon today. Shift yourself, boy! What are we paying you for? We’re not paying you? It’s an arrangement with the editor? Oh, I get it. Hail Brittania!