Oxford University research finds out nothing bad about doctors in Scottish parts of ‘UK’

Here’s what the researchers say about their methods:

We identified NHS trusts in England that received more than 30 000 patients through the emergency department in the fourth quarter of the 2016/2017 period.


Clear? Despite that, the Guardian gave us:

Half of key UK hospital doctors ‘ill-prepared’ for major incident Half of key hospital doctors likely to be involved in responding to a major incident in the UK are not properly prepared, a survey has suggested.

Then, clearly not awake, quoted the primary author, Dr Jamie Mawhinney:

The take-home message from my study is that the majority of middle-grade doctors in England are not confident in the role that they should play in a major incident.




10 thoughts on “Oxford University research finds out nothing bad about doctors in Scottish parts of ‘UK’

  1. tcrosbie20 August 13, 2019 / 7:38 am

    I’m sorry I never heard this one on the BBC GMS ? Why are they not reporting it ? Honestly the bias is getting so bad its getting so in your face now. I think they’ve given up all pretence of trying to be balanced they just don’t care anymore.


  2. Legerwood August 13, 2019 / 11:28 am

    The Guardian also had a story, yesterday I thin, about waiting times for GP appointments ‘across the UK’ Despite the headline no mention of Scotland in the actual article although Wales featured along with England. The story was based on a survey of GPs and the results published in Pulse but even there I could not see any mention of Scotland or the numbers responding from Scotland.

    The Guardian is now routinely using ‘UK’ in its headlines when the actual story is England, and occasionally Wales is included.

    So now Britain = England and UK = England. Net result is that people are in the dark about what is really happening ‘across the UK’. Deliberately so perhaps?


    • gavin August 13, 2019 / 3:00 pm

      When I was growing up (born 1949) it was common to hear of the Queen/PM of England. The future King of England. The country was often referred to as England. Its not so different now, except the media refer to Britain or the UK when they mean England. Our big neighbour (politicians, people and media)dont really care as long as we don’t complain—-no doubt the Scorrish (sic) Tories, Hootsman and Herod would call it a “grievance”.

      When there was a campaign for Scottish oil, the Brit nats were up in arms about “greedy Scots”, the Money Programme had an episode from the USA broadcast. It had an American who repeatedly referred to “England” when talking about the oil. The interviewer never interrupted him, not even once.


    • Alasdair Macdonald August 13, 2019 / 7:28 pm


      The Guardian for as long as I can remember has always been the most anglo-centric of the ‘national’ newspapers, and almost always used ‘England’, with an occasional ‘Britain’ as a synonym. It rarely reported on matters outside of England and, when it did, the reporting was usually patronising and condescending. Papers like The Express, and Mail always had Scottish editions and the Mirror had the Record so they were always aware of the difference. Severin Carrell, the long standing Scotland correspondent has always written ‘Scotland baaad’ slanted articles. He is now joined by Libby Brooks who is more balanced.

      Suzanne Moore, Simon Jenkins and John Harris, who have all supported Scottish independence know the situation well and write informedly about it. But people like Martin Kettle, Polly Toynbee and Owen Jones always affect a lofty disdain for the peripheral peoples and the first two always write approvingly of Ruth Davidson.


      • Legerwood August 13, 2019 / 7:49 pm

        It is not just their columnists. It is now almost de rigueur for news articles on policing/crime, education and all things medical to be headlined UK but when you read the article you soon realise it is Enland or England and Wales.


  3. DBGdotSCOT August 13, 2019 / 3:34 pm

    If there is deliberate avoidance of properly identifying individual national statistics by using alternative collective descriptions, then it should be ever more clear that there are three descriptions which do not have identical meanings:

    England = England
    Britain = England & Wales
    G.B. = England, Scotland & Wales
    U.K. = England, N.I., Scotland & Wales


  4. Toni Young August 13, 2019 / 4:07 pm

    Watching the clip from Loose Women with Nicola Sturgeon, I didn’t pay any attention to names, the one who questioned Nicola about “separation” is obviously one of so many, who have no clue that Scotland is a country and more importantly a nation. For people like her the distinction between the nations of the UK is irrelevant..


    • Robert Graham August 13, 2019 / 6:48 pm

      Over the last few weeks the Jocks in Jockland have been getting a mention on England’s TV and Radio , The lack of knowledge about Scots and Scotland is beyond belief , Tune into any news channel from morning till afternoon and you will be lucky to find more than a few fleeting mentions of Scots or Scotland , its only when its pointed out its actually noticed because most folk don’t pay to much attention, you see its normal , well f/k normal , apologies for the language, it’s almost five years since our friends and neighbors voted and were gullible enough to vote NO ,thanks to them we have Borris , thanks all


      • Legerwood August 13, 2019 / 7:56 pm

        Not just news channels. Tune into any quiz show all the way up to and including University Challenge and you will find that any question relating to Scotland rarely gets answered. Monday night’s University Challenge had a real classic. It was a quotation from a Scottish leader opposing the Romans in 43 AD, if I have remembered the date correctly but it was certainly the 1st century AD.

        The answer given: Robert the Bruce !!!!!

        The teams were from Oxford and Cambridge but I can’t remember which of them gave the answer.


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