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: