Six times between 6 and 9am, today, BBC Scotland headlined:
‘The use of mesh implants in Scotland should be banned according to a parliamentary report.’
Then told us that:
‘The Scottish Government will give serious consideration to the findings.’
The implication is clear, that the Scottish Government has the power to ban these implants but has not done so despite the suffering they cause. However, from the 29th out of 31 statements in the BBC Scotland website version of the story we see, at last:
‘The spokesman also said the Scottish government did not have the power to ban the use of mesh, which was a matter for the Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), which is the regulator of medical devices across the UK and is the responsibility of Westminster.’
No doubt, there was insufficient time to give this important detail, so an ‘editorial judgement’ was made. In the longer 1pm, 6.30pm and 10.30pm editions we might expect it to be squeezed in after the inaccurate association of responsibility has been made.
Update: At 6.30 there is the failure to identify the UK government as responsible for the lack of legislative action, the role of health board and specialists in making the decision to persist in special cases with the use of the mesh yet the suggestion that the Scottish Government has somehow ‘not done enough’ to force them to its will and then bizarrely, the the SG admits it cannot legislate on the issue. This is quite perverse reporting.