Dysfunctional Reporting Scotland dabble in complex cancer treatment and cause damaging patient anxiety


Why did we not see this man at the beginning of this dark and confused saga?

After weeks of confused and agenda-driven poking around in the, too complex for them, matters of cancer treatment, Reporting Scotland have apparently stumbled upon someone who knows something about this and who is based only a short distance away from NHS Tayside, across the bridge, in St Andrews. Professor Mark Chaplain is clear.

‘Women on the lower dose, the same as used in Tayside benefited from fewer side-effects and they did not suffer any inferior chemotherapy treatment because they had statistically speaking, the same recurrence rate and survival probability as the women on the higher dose.’

IF Reporting Scotland had been more thorough, intelligent, ethical or honest, in their reading of the earlier expert review which they have used but selectively, on April 16th, they might have reassured anxious patients and family with this:

The Review Group report says quite explicitly of the 300 plus patients involved:

‘The overall assessment of the increased risk of recurrence within the treated cohort is extremely difficult to quantify but probably of the order of 1-2%. A risk of harm of 1-2%, allows an estimate that around 1 patient per year in NHS Tayside may have suffered an adverse outcome.’


NONE of the 14 patients who died in the same period can be said to hae died BECAUSE of the lower dose

So, the Review Group, two weeks ago, had made only the smallest, most hesitant connection between the lower dose treatment and perhaps a single death from the 300 plus patients treated. The BBC with its Royal Charter to inform has clearly failed to do so and, disgracefully, has contributed to an uninformed and dangerous scare story which might, in itself, damage the mental health and thus life-prospects of hundreds of breast cancer patients being currently treated by NHS Tayside.


Will we see an apology for this disgraceful slur made by Lisa Summers on the 1st April?

‘The report today pointed to the possibility of a dysfunctional department. ‘Detectives’ spoke of pharmacy and nursing staff who said they had concerns about the change of procedures, but they felt they were not being listened to and that their position was one above.’

Only Reporting Scotland used the word ‘dysfunctional’. The BBC website and all the papers I looked at (8) did not use the term either. Why?

And, Reporting Scotland’s dysfunctional health team have previous. See:

Complaint into irresponsible coverage of bipolar disorder treatment by Reporting Scotland



11 thoughts on “Dysfunctional Reporting Scotland dabble in complex cancer treatment and cause damaging patient anxiety

  1. tcrosbie20 May 2, 2019 / 7:09 am

    Brilliant work Prof, expose these charlatans for what they are, Liars ! …. Does their constant negativity and looking for anything SNP/NHS bad, not bad for their health. all this negativity and doom and gloom what an outlook on life. What a horrible outlook on life.

    Liked by 1 person

    • johnrobertson834 May 2, 2019 / 8:53 am

      Yes, I do wonder what this must be doing for their mental health. I suppose if they embrace the delusion of fairness they’ll be ok until some awful recognition in the future.


  2. gavin May 2, 2019 / 7:33 am

    I suspect NHS Tayside has been making a fuss behind the scenes, and threatening to go public. BBC “Agitprop Productions” seldom admits liability or wrong doing.


    • johnrobertson834 May 2, 2019 / 8:56 am

      It’s going to be interesting. I think you’re correct – they have their tails up and these are highly educated articulate people used to managing research findings.


  3. Brian Powell May 2, 2019 / 8:53 am

    ‘more ethical and honest’ is the key phrase.
    BBCScotland’s corruption is damaging patients health.

    Liked by 1 person

    • johnrobertson834 May 2, 2019 / 8:54 am

      Needless to say all the research seems to be about how cancer worsens anxiety rather than the other way round.


    • yvonne porter May 2, 2019 / 9:00 am

      Unioinist led program, not fit for purpose

      Liked by 1 person

      • gavin May 2, 2019 / 10:38 am

        Surely not!
        Isn’t Gordon Brewers endless guest list of aging, redundant Labour ex-MPs on his politics show, just an “accident”.

        Liked by 1 person

  4. Jon May 2, 2019 / 9:03 am

    I’ll bet the NHS attack team at Pacific Quay are promoting the low death rate from the reduced chemo doses with the intention of damaging our chief doctor who acted quickly to get NHS Tayside to administer countrywide doses of chemo.

    Often wondered what drives them, is it as simple as a paycheck? Saving England from financial collapse? (At Scots expense)

    One things for sure this team’s actions are despicable.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Ludo Thierry May 2, 2019 / 4:59 pm

    Lisa Summer’s heart is bursting with unadulterated joy – Beeb Scotland’s PIGEONS are back!!! – This time in W. Dumbartonshire (in an empty, non-clinical area of the site, by the way). Link below:


    Pigeons found in a West Dunbartonshire hospital have sparked concerns among residents in light of two deaths related to droppings in Glasgow.


  6. Alasdair Macdonald May 3, 2019 / 9:01 pm

    Two pigeons have built a nest in a tree less then a metre from my sitting room window! Am I going to die?


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