Scotsman says Tories say Nicola Sturgeon ‘is the NHS’s Dr Richard Beeching’


At least this time the Scotsman makes it clear, in the headline, that they are acting merely on behalf of the Tory press office. Usually, they bury the named Unionist politician several paragraphs in, where few of their readers tread or should that be read?

Today, we could read:

‘The comparison between the First Minister and Dr Richard Beeching, who axed railways in the 1960s, was made by Shadow Health Secretary Miles Briggs ahead of a visit to Orkney. Mr Briggs blamed the Scottish Government for a series of NHS cuts outside Scotland’s big cities in places like West Lothian, Perthshire and the Highlands.’

We do eventually get the SNP response, but nobody is reading now, apart from me:

‘But the SNP dismissed Mr Briggs’s remarks as “laughable” and pointed out that it was the Conservative party which established the Beeching Review that was to lead to the closure of many rural railways.’

Miles Briggs gets to say more stuff and, typically, its evidence-free, so here’s some evidence he could do with reading:

At 78% level of satisfaction with NHS Scotland is impressive 36% higher than for the NHS across UK

NHS England sees 35% increase in patients waiting more than 18 weeks while NHS Scotland reports a fall of 0.2% despite a 14.6% increase in demand

NHS Scotland: 27% increase in kidney transplants including 10% increase from living donors as ‘UK’ level falls to eight-year low

Bed-blocking in NHS Scotland falls by nearly 10% in one year as the rate in NHS England surges to nearly 500% higher, per capita, than that in NHS Scotland!

National auditors find two very different NHS systems in the UK. Someone tell Theresa today.

NHS Scotland significantly outperforms NHS England on cancer waiting times despite demand soaring: Herald fails to report properly again


10 thoughts on “Scotsman says Tories say Nicola Sturgeon ‘is the NHS’s Dr Richard Beeching’

  1. Alasdair Macdonald August 11, 2018 / 1:20 pm

    How many people under the age of 70 actually have any idea who Dr Beeching was?

    Liked by 3 people

    • johnrobertson834 August 11, 2018 / 2:28 pm

      Me!! My mum used to take me on the Duns to Waverley route back in the 50s well-armed with some prototype facewipes.

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      • Alasdair Macdonald August 11, 2018 / 4:08 pm

        Mr Briggs makes this statement in ORKNEY, where there has never been a rail service.

        No offence to Orcadians, but they probably think he is referring to Beecham’s powders, if they bother even to turn up and see this eejit..

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  2. Alistair Robertson August 11, 2018 / 1:27 pm

    Hopefully, Nicola will schedule our amputation from the UK sometime soon. Patient satisfaction will be high. Life expectancy and quality of life will be considerably enhanced.

    Liked by 5 people

  3. Scrum5 August 11, 2018 / 3:57 pm

    Will Miles Briggs still be on the comedy circuit when Edinburgh Festival is over? He really needs to work on that routine.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Legerwood August 11, 2018 / 7:48 pm

    So Mr Briggs is going to Orkney and ahead of his visit criticises the Scottish Government’s record on the NHS. That would be the same Orkney where, thanks to the SG, a new hospital is being built that will bring together on one site the various departments currently in various locations in Kirkwall. Moreover, the hospital due for completion in 2019, has already won awards:

    “”NHS Orkney’s new healthcare facility has been hailed as among the world’s best at a leading award ceremony.
    The Balfour, as the facility will be known when it opens in 2019, has won silver in the best healthcare project category at the Partnership Awards in London.
    There were six finalists from all over the world with the Orkney facility pipped to the post by the Gaziantep IHC PPP Project, Turkey.””

    Quote from:

    Not Mr Briggs finest hour. Should have done his homework.

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  5. tompullings August 12, 2018 / 11:47 am

    If Scotland legalised cannabis for medicinal use, the NHS would be even cheaper, the waiting lists even shorter and the people much healthier. Cannabinoids are the perfect natural remedy for many ailments, including Crohn’s disease, diabetes and cancer and is a very effective pain killer.


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