Scotsman lies about hospital infection deaths


Following on from the above headline, the Scotsman piece has:

‘The three premature babies died at Glasgow’s Princess Royal Maternity Hospital after contracting the Staphylococcus aureus blood stream infection. The boy passed away after catching a fungal infection caused by pigeon droppings at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.’

Here’s what Dr Alan Mather, Chief of Medicine said of the three baby deaths, in a BBC Scotland interview on April 9th, 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 babies and 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.


In all of the other cases, the fungal infection was described as one of a number of contributory factors.


As with the earlier Reporting Scotland coverage, this is very poor quality journalism misleading the public and triggering undue anxiety.


One thought on “Scotsman lies about hospital infection deaths

  1. Alasdair Macdonald May 4, 2019 / 7:19 am

    I think that Nomedia believe they are on a ‘winner’ with mendacious ‘health scares’ and they will be an almost daily feature for the next few years.


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