6 thoughts on “BBC Complaint regarding Breast Cancer Treatment in NHS Tayside

  1. Bugger (the Panda) April 17, 2019 / 4:34 pm

    If it were not for decent red wine being €6 a bottle, I would have lost the will to live.

    Keep it up.

    Your reward is in the post, without a stamp.

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  2. Terry callachan April 17, 2019 / 5:24 pm

    Well done to you for the outstanding effort that you show week in week out this lying report is particularly despicable, my wife was saved from death by this hospital when she had breast cancer that was wrongly diagnosed as just a fatty lump by a GP ( who later apologised ) .It is a difficult decision the world over to determine the chemotherapy dosage because each individual had a different type ,stage, of cancer ,their physical and mental health and age differs and all of these can affect the degree to which the chemotherapy will affect that individual.Too much chemotherapy and they could die too little and the cancer will not be beaten and even if the correct dose is given a person can still die so this report is particularly ignorant


  3. Alasdair Macdonald April 17, 2019 / 8:22 pm

    You are doing a great job and by submitting the complaint, you are making them respond and that reveals some of the principles which they apply and this will reveal underlying values and attitudes. It is likely that it will have an impact.


  4. JOHN S SHARP April 17, 2019 / 10:17 pm

    Here are a couple of tweets dating from 20 June 2017 by Andrew Browne, then a news editor with Reporting Scotland (now @stvnewsandrew). They indicate house attitudes that still seem to prevail in RepScot.

    Andrew Browne‏ @repscotandrew Jun 20
    Replying to @celtic_spring @GAPonsonby @BBCScotlandNews
    We’ve covered waiting times before, in depth, wth nuance. We will again. Problems & solutions in the NHS are about far more than stats.

    Andrew Browne‏ @repscotandrew Jun 20
    Replying to @stanjay2013 @GAPonsonby
    News, by its very nature, rarely is about good or nice things. It’s all subjective, of course.

    I might interpret these.

    First tweet. We are entitled to take a line that ignores or contradicts statistics. We call this nuance. Our nuanced view does not need to be explained and justified in terms of context and statistics.

    Second tweet. (With rare exceptions), only bad news is news. In the pursuit of news, we at RepScot will naturally look for an angle that turns any sort of information into bad news so that it can be broadcast. If you don’t understand this, you don’t have a grasp of journalism.

    At my age I should have a perspective on whether BBC Scotland news reporting has always been so relentlessly bad; I can say only that, subjectively, it seems a more recent phenomenon of the last decade or so. It can’t be down only to competence or resources (or lack of these) because in many cases (including this one) this site often shows that brief research and a determination to use evidence would destroy the argument being presented. RepScot’s idiosyncratic editorial values and motivation offer more of an explanation (being not at all what is described in the BBC’s own Editorial values – especially as regards Trust, Truth and Accuracy and Impartiality).

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    • johnrobertson834 April 18, 2019 / 2:23 pm

      Thanks John, very interesting indeed. I had an exchange with the same very young man (Seniors not touching the job?) where he suggested it was all very well for academics to used lots of sources.


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