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