Disgusting, heartless, propaganda from Scottish Labour is just a rehash but published by Scotsman again anyway


Under the sickening headline:

‘1,000 patients die in hospital on discharge waiting lists’

We read:

‘Delayed discharge from hospital has cost Scotland’s NHS more than £360 million since the Scottish Government pledged to abolish it three years ago, analysis claims. The cost of patients lying in hospital beds even though they are ready to go home was revealed in research carried out by the Scottish Labour Party. Delayed discharge – or bed blocking – typically occurs when a social care package is not in place to enable a patient to move out of hospital.’

Further down we find:

‘According to ISD, between March 2015 and January 2018 there were 1,557,781 bed days occupied by delayed discharge. The latest figure by ISD for the estimated average daily cost of a delayed discharge was £223. When the two figures were combined to calculate the overall cost the total came to almost £363m. Scottish Labour blamed Scottish Government mismanagement of the health service for the failure to tackle bed blocking.’

So that’s 1 000 over 33 months or about 350 per year across Scotland’s 32 local authorities or an average of around 11 per authority. Does that look like a system in crisis?



In 2016/17 there were 532,423 bed days occupied by people delayed in their discharge.

In NHS Scotland. Roughly 1 in 12 or 8.2% of beds were occupied by mostly those over 70 years of age awaiting care in the community or at home arrangements, to be made.

This is a fall of 3% from the 2015/16 figure and the most recent figure for October 2017 was 10% lower than in October 2016.



Rather than report the above, the Scotsman used a Labour freedom of information request to report:

‘Figures show SNP pledge to end bed blocking in tatters. More than 1,000 Scots patients have died while waiting to be released from hospital since the SNP pledged to end bed blocking, new figures show.’


Would the Scotsman prefer that these patients were turfed-out to die, perhaps even quicker, in their empty homes, in their children’s living rooms or jammed into overcrowded old folks’ homes?

Leaving aside the tabloid style, this is another example of the way the Scottish mainstream media operates largely as an uncritical (dirty) mouthpiece for the three main opposition parties.

A brilliant, devastating, account of this, leaving the reputation of them all in tatters can be found at Derek Bateman’s excellent blog. He begins:

‘The media has been positively bursting with bad news stories about the SNP government over the holiday period. Expose after expose has covered the front pages and filled the bulletins with a wearying persistence. You’d think the country was going to the dogs what with single-staffed ambulances, Scots missing out on tax credits and violence against shop workers on the rise – stories often based on Freedom of Information Requests and always contriving to make the SNP the culprit.

What has been striking is the repetitive nature of the day-by-day shock horror output, all written with similar phrases and all with the same simple narrative of SNP bad.

You’d almost think it was planned. Well, it was.

The Labour Party has been doing the media’s job for it by spending the summer preparing a long list of negative news stories to feed out daily to the journalists. In keeping with the cosy friendship they enjoy, it is called the ‘Scottish Labour Christmas Box – Stories for the many, not the few.’ Ha, ha. Merry Christmas, comrades.’


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Remember, these were not people who died because they had not been discharged but who would almost certainly have died soon after discharge and who, in many if not most cases, died cared for by professionals capable of ensuring that death was as dignified and painless as possible. That Scottish Labour and the Scotsman should try to make political capital out of these cases is beyond contempt.


11 thoughts on “Disgusting, heartless, propaganda from Scottish Labour is just a rehash but published by Scotsman again anyway

  1. achmony March 31, 2018 / 9:34 am

    The Scottish Labour Party, in cahoots with the vast majority of the Scottish media, are toxic and absolutely disgusting. They are not in any way Scottish but are alien (British) and must be destroyed. They are in effect a poisonous canker on a beautiful and progressive Scotland and like all cancers they should be cut out and eliminated. Hopefully for ever.

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  2. William Henderson March 31, 2018 / 9:43 am

    “Disgusting, heartless” – I would add “lazy, vicious and evil”.

    And they do know what they are doing. It’s too consistent for any other explanation.

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  3. Alasdair Macdonald. March 31, 2018 / 9:54 am

    This is another example of wilfully misleading the public by the use of big numbers quoted out of context.

    Most of the population find conceptualising big numbers quite difficult, especially when there is no context and, many propagandists know this and wilfully present data in this way to create a feeling of anger.

    The fact that the specific propaganda in this case is seeking to turn people’s grief at the loss of a loved one into anger is cynically inhumane. As you point out, most of those who have died in the situation being highlighted were elderly and seriously ill, and would have died in community care. To seek to make political capital out of this really points the figure at the possible psychotic tendencies of some involved in politics and journalism.

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  4. John Burrows April 1, 2018 / 8:42 am

    If I might ask, what are the statistics for the past twenty years? How does this collate with the increasing numbers of seniors moving to Scotland from the rUK? Having more seniors per capita than the other nations of the union also means more dying here. Seems straightforward enough.

    If you can stand the weather, Scotland can be a very wise move for retirement. Reasonably priced real estate, relatively robust government services, a cosmopolitan society. A half million folks from the rUK have taken up residence in Scotland in the past decade.

    What were the numbers like under Labour’s governance for the previous decade?

    Still, you are right to point out the revolting nature of the statistic, as it is used. Typical of the Scotsman. Their whole purpose is to make Scot’s feel bad about themselves.

    As for Labour, what can I say. Their whole purpose is to manage the expectations of the poor, whilst doing nothing to relieve their poverty. All that is left of Labour are the apparatchiks who destroyed it.

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    • johnrobertson834 April 1, 2018 / 1:59 pm

      Thanks john. Very interesting questions. Have to say I don’t know the answers. Find them and write a piece for us?

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  5. gavin April 1, 2018 / 10:37 am

    I bought the Scotsman for two decades from about 1970 onwards. It was, at that time, a “Paper of Record”, with excellent journalism and a great letters page.
    To think that in a matter of a few years, it has now become the equivalent of the original GDR Neues Deutschland, in terms of its lack of journalistic standards.

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    • Alasdair Macdonald. April 2, 2018 / 7:55 am

      Andrew Neill – kiss of death to the Scotsman as a quality newspaper. This is the paper that had writers like Ian Bell, Neal Ascherson, Ian McWhirter, Ruth Wishart, Lesley Riddoch.


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