Warning for Herald as it predicts winter crisis for NHS Scotland

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Alert to their sneaky game of provoking us so that we click on the article and boost their advertising revenue, only a screen capture is used above. The article’s opening sentences which you need not read unless you’re desperate, include a ‘warning’ from a ‘leading’ medic that patients will be put at risk.’ I’m guessing that the leading medic is just a trade unionist.

It’s such a wee scare story, you think it must be a deliberate piece of click-bait. But, just in case, here’s a reminder that the reduction in beds is part of a strategy, with cross-party support, to shift care from hospitals to the community. Less beds are thus needed and there’s no evidence that this reduction will lead to problems. In addition, more beds are available as bed-blocking in Scottish hospitals falls:

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!

To my knowledge this is the first attempt to suggest a looming winter crisis in NHS Scotland. I take the overall lack of such predictions to indicate a limited confidence, in our Loyalist  Nomedia, that such a crisis is actually looming. They can only hope.

NHS Scotland delayed discharges holding steady despite massive increase in demand

BREAKING: NHS SCOTLAND hospitals DON’T warn of lack of preparation for winter as figures reveal next year [in ENGLAND] will be ‘tougher than ever’

‘Oh lord, give us this winter just one pensioner who has slipped on the ice and the ambulance takes too long to arrive so that we can construct a nation-wide panic.’

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England has one coming. It’s colder up here so why can’t we get some injury and death to write about?

 

 

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