Top professor suggests top psychiatrist was taken advantage of by BBC Scotland’s ambulance chasers


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Yesterday, six times in the morning, once at 1.30pm, once at 6.30pm and again at 10.30pm we heard from ‘top psychiatrist’, Dr Jane Morris:

‘I feel very guilty. I feel we should be able to offer our patients the best that is available. And very often it’s just an accident of the clinicians you have and the training they bring with them.’

The quote was linked only loosely to BBC Scotland’s own ‘research’ into how long under-19s with an eating disorder waited between referral and treatment. Unable to get a response from many health boards, BBC Scotland were happy to have Dr Morris conclude that the service was patchy and to make some fairly limited comparisons with England:

‘In England there is a four-week target for teenagers with eating disorders, although it is not always met.’ (Special euphemism award?)

Though the Scottish government said teenagers with eating disorders were being seen within its 18-week target (unlike NHS England), this did not seem to satisfy Morris nor the BBC.

Top academic and peer-reviewed researcher, Professor John Robertson, snarled:

‘Dr Morris does seem to be a fine, caring professional. I don’t question her expertise or her compassion, but I doubt it’s matched anywhere in the BBC Scotland news team who are once more ‘ambulance chasing’ in a desperate attempt to find fault with the SNP government. However, Dr Morris does not seem to have done any empirical research upon which to base her guilty feelings or to justify comparisons with England. I’m sure she means well but I doubt that phrases like ‘often it’s just an accident of the clinicians you have and the training they bring with them’ will be warmly received by many of these professionals whose competence she seems to be doubting.’

As for the comparison with England, I won’t waste my time on this but, as you might expect, all is not well there. See

Eating disorder sufferers waiting six months for treatment after seeing GP

‘New figures show UK eating disorders are at a crisis point’

Children with eating disorders waiting months for help, first official figures show



7 thoughts on “Top professor suggests top psychiatrist was taken advantage of by BBC Scotland’s ambulance chasers

  1. John June 12, 2018 / 7:27 am

    These so called professionals should really think very , very ,carefully before they talk to the BBC in Scotland , can they not grasp the fact that when it comes to BBC Scotland there is always an ulterior motive . The ulterior motive is to turn every single sentence a professional says is going to be spinned into some kind of SNP baad story just by very the nature of their questioning . If these people have any sense of fairness and accuracy they should start giving the BBC in Scotland a very wide berth ! .

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    • Bugger (the Panda) June 12, 2018 / 8:00 am

      I was asked by a BBC person to give an interview about living in the EU and Brexit.

      I declined and told the person that I did not doubt their honesty but their employers’ after I had said my piece. It would have twisted into something SNP bad.

      They were pretty resigned to my comment, as if they understood my position more than I had imagined.

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  2. Bugger (the Panda) June 12, 2018 / 7:56 am

    When did Lulu qualify as a Psychiatrist?


  3. Alasdair Macdonald June 12, 2018 / 3:05 pm

    Dr Morris is a specialist in eating disorders, and, I have no reason to doubt, is a genuine expert in her field. However, like experts in all fields of study she is as likely as I was, or Professor Robertson was, to make a pitch for more expenditure in her particular field.

    Many experts can be quite naive when it comes to dealing with the media and be unaware that the news organisation might have another agenda beyond what the expert is talking of. When I was working, the local authority eventually decided to give many of us media training because answers we were giving in good faith were being distorted by the media. Looking back at my pre-media-trained self, I often squirm with embarrassment at being such a patsy. I also have feelings of anger towards the media, too.


  4. Ludo Thierry June 12, 2018 / 4:31 pm

    If M. le Panda will allow a couple Lulu puns? –

    Scotland has to ‘Shout’ to be heard above the BritNat din – but John’s constant vigilance is bringing down the entire corrupt ‘Scottish’ MSM with a ‘Boom bang-a-bang’ – and that’s me Lulu-ed out I’m afraid – Although I believe there was once an album titled ‘Independence’ – which is certainly showing greater predictive powers for Lulu than I would have anticipated! – PS – whatever happened to her sister? (I think sister – maybe cousin – who performed as ‘Edwina’ from memory?)

    Lulu doubtless took up psychiatry in a vain attempt to regain some grip on reality following her late career hit with Take That and ‘Relight my fire’ – the Freudian potentialities are too terrifying to contemplate – Do you think she’ll be performing at the Indy Celebrations?


    • Bugger (the Panda) June 12, 2018 / 5:28 pm



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