Once more Reporting Scotland return to their long-running campaign inflating a small number of hospital infections known to have been only contributory factors in death to produce a crisis. They have repeated, over and over, the notion that these deaths have come ‘after’ the infections leaving viewers to make a causal connection which is clearly not there.
Tonight, we hear from the reporter: ‘We know that the infection was one of a number of factors that contributed to their death’ but this does not prevent further repetition of the implied causal connection.
Dr Alan Mather, Chief of Medicine tells us, being careful to pause and to emphasise the actual cause of the deaths:
‘There was cluster of deaths of babies that were very premature and that’s the key element of this.’
Sadly, three very premature babies have died as a result of the prematurity but were also infected with this organism.’
He’s clearly saying that the extreme prematurity killed the baby and, perhaps to get the reporter out of his hair, acknowledging that it had an infection too which along with a number of other factors may have played a part but the baby died because it was very premature.
Then we heard from the reporter: ‘Staphylococcus aureus is quite a common bacteria (sic).’ It’s a bacterium!