As I wrote the last post on the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) giving direct credit to Scottish Government initiatives in reducing deaths and serious injuries, the memory of Reporting Scotland’s 06;28 am insert into breakfast TV, with two out of 4 stories being just Tory propaganda about Nicola’s Indyref2 obsession (not the 2 million Yes supporters of course), and SNP softness on crime, I remembered three other example of NO credit where credit was due:
- Sound Finances
When reporting negatively, the Scottish Auditor General doesn’t hold back so this praise is worth remarking upon. She:
- said the Scottish Government produced a sound financial report for 2016/17 and managed its budget effectively;
- highlights the Scottish Government’s good record of financial management and reporting;
- said her independent audit opinion on the 2016/17 accounts is unqualified.
- Said the Scottish Government managed its overall 2016/17 budget of £33.96 billion well, reporting a small underspend of £85 million.
Noting some of these words that I’ve emboldened, this is a glowing report for a government that clearly knows what it’s doing. Who in the Labour or Tory cohorts do you imagine could match this competence? Go through the faces and see if you can keep a straight one yourself.
- Reducing obesity
Based on research led by Laura Webber of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, reported in the Independent on 26th May 2018:
‘Under current trends it is predicted that 11 per cent of the population in Wales will be morbidly obese in 2035, roughly 340,000 adults, while Scotland is likely to plateau at about 5 per cent and England will rise to about 8 per cent.’
The researchers offer a surprisingly clear, confident and simple explanation for the significantly slower growth in Scotland – Scottish Government policy initiatives and resource allocation:
‘The government put a massive push on developing a route map for how we can actually combat this. They put together resources from the NHS that were proving to be effective. They did put a lot of work into it.’
- Managing NHS Scotland
Scotland has a unique system of improving the quality of health care. It focuses on engaging the altruistic professional motivations of frontline staff to do better and building their skills to improve. Success is defined based on specific measurements of safety and effectiveness that make sense to clinicians. There is much for the other countries of the UK to learn from this…Scotland has a longer history of drives towards making different parts of the health and social care system work together. It has used legislation to get these efforts underway while recognising that ultimately local relationships are the deciding factor. There is much for England and Wales to learn from this.
The above statements positively glow with praise for NHS Scotland. It’s an A plus plus!
Research Report, July 2017, Learning from Scotland’s NHS at: https://www.nuffieldtrust.org.uk/files/2017-07/learning-from-scotland-s-nhs-final.pdf