In the Independent today:
‘August performance figures released by the NHS show that an unprecedented heatwave has meant no respite for emergency departments. The NHS has had its worst summer crisis on record, experts have warned, as the impact of thousands of cancelled non-urgent appointments in December and January has left hospitals with unprecedented waiting lists and little spare capacity to clear them before another winter rolls around.’
The Scottish ‘heatwave’ doesn’t seem to have caused any comparable problems. I don’t have any direct evidence to support this claim, but I do have the absence of evidence confirming, this time, the evidence of absence. If there had been so much as a sniff of a single Scottish pensioner suffering from heatstroke and then delayed for as much as five minutes, getting access to a ward, Jenni, Ruth and Willie would have been writing the headlines for the Scottish Nomedia*.
Luckily, though, no one at BBC Scotland thought to tell them about this from 2013
‘Heatwave warnings will not be issued for Scotland by the Met Office even if temperatures continue to soar as there is no official warning system in place.’
Now whose ‘bad’ would that have been? The Met Office? No! Come on, it’s easy.
*For an explanation of Nomedia see: