In the Scotsman/SoS today:
‘One million Scots ‘waiting too long’ for brain treatment. An estimated one million Scots living with brain conditions should be getting better support – with many waiting too long for treatment and a shortage of specialists in the NHS, MSPs have been warned.’
One million! No, really? I live in a street of mainly retired folk. There are 23 of us and one is currently in hospital at the age of 98. All of us are still driving, gardening and arguing about politics. By the law of averages, 4 or 5 of us should need brain treatment. Am I one of those? Don’t answer that.
I quickly read through the piece to find out which expert had warned the MSPs but couldn’t find them. IT-savvy for my age, I did a search for the word ‘million’ and found the 2 in the headline and opening paragraph, above. There’s no source there. It’s also in the url too but again that’s not evidence.
So, none of the experts in the Scotsman report seem to actually say: ‘One million Scots ‘waiting too long’ for brain treatment.’ Interesting that the author put the speech marks around ‘waiting too long’ and not ‘One million.’
Maybe someone did say it to the MSPs but why are they not quoted as having done so? It would be the easy and obvious thing to do if it were in anyway credible. Looks like a big fib to me.
The report also goes on to suggest:
‘Consultants and GPs may also be opting against referring patients for neurological appointments and follow-ups if they think it will only have “moderate benefits” because staffing shortages could result in a system logjam.’
Once more, no reliable evidence that this is true is offered.
It ‘may’ also be the case that some consultants and GPs know that, in some cases, lifestyle changes can be a better strategy than medical intervention. See these examples from a quick search:
I could be completely wrong here and will admit it if any reader can show me the evidence that 1 million Scots really do need some kind of medical intervention with regard to their brains.