There are several newsworthy items here which I feel sure Reporting Scotland will want to cover, as to fail to do so would be, as their own Graham Stewart put it so eloquently, ‘suppression of information.’
- 12 000 or 10% more NHS staff since SNP came to power
- 168 more consultants, up 3.2% in one year
- Consultant vacancy rates fall to lowest since 2016
- More than 10 000 student nurses and midwives in training
- Student numbers up 6.3% in one year
- 670 new Advanced Nurse Practitioners up 4.45 in one year
- 78 more paramedics up 5.6% in one year
I fully expect to see this all over the Nomedia along with reports on our First Minister’s participation in the UN Climate Change talks in Poland, otherwise suppression of information begins to look awfy like bias by omission. They did, after all, splash big time on David Attenborough’s appearance at the same event.
In true Colombo style – just one more thing – If the establishment saw fit to overrule public opinion and name the new Antarctic research ship “Sir David Attenborough”, is it only right and proper that he should change his name to Boaty McBoatface?
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Interestingly the Herald today – Tuesday – carried a front page story on the issue of consultant vacancies which claimed, based on figures from an FOI request by the BMA, that the ISD were under reporting the number of vacancies.. It seemed to hinge on what was counted as a vacancy.
There were some other interesting figures in the article based on a survey undertaken by the BMA eg number of doctors coming up for retirement, number of young doctors completing their 2 years Foundation stint then going abroad etc. It said the results were UK-wide but it was not clear how many of the doctors taking part were from Scotland.