In the Independent today:
‘The NHS [England] is set to face an “even tougher winter” than the record-breaking crisis it weathered less than 10 months ago, as hospital bosses warn of staff and funding shortages. Despite the government claiming the health service was “better prepared than ever” last year, ambulance queues tripled, there were fewer beds available and doctors wrote to Theresa May warning of patients “dying prematurely” in corridors. Hospital leaders said the major issues of workforce, funding and social care remain unresolved, and figures released on Thursday show how an unprecedented summer heatwave has left no time to tackle the significant backlog in operations.’
The Sun too is warning of impending crisis:
Medics warn that the NHS faces a ‘winter of misery’ after one of the worst summers on record
NHS needs urgent injection of £500million to ward off winter bed crisis, warns Labour MP
However, Scotland’s Nomedia and feeder politicians are silent on this.
Having seen the SNP Government’s ‘Funding for winter resilience’ announcement in September this year and remembering their failure to imagine a crisis in Winter 2017/18, have they given up on this with the attention of trying to amplify any tiny local problem as it arise, into a national phenomenon?
I suspect that the one that Nomedia will go for is the fact that different flu vaccinations are being offered in Scotland and some parts of England this year. I have heard two – and only two – people muttering that their GP refused to give them the ‘English’ injection, which they seemed to think was ‘better’ because they had read a report in Nomedia that there were two different vaccinations and, I suspect that the dogwhistle was that the ‘SNP Government’ is at fault.
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