A&E waiting times: How NHS England and the BBC collude in ‘a fundamentally dishonest way of reporting’
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by johnrobertson834
5d ago
 ’A fundamentally dishonest way of reporting data’ – from House of Lords’ committee report on NHS England’s A&E waiting times. On hearing the evidence, Lord Bichard, a cross-bench peer, responded: ‘What you have just said is pretty devastating because the great British public thinks it is one thing but it is far worse.’ A consequence of failing mainstream British journalism, notably the PUBLIC SERVICE broadcaster’s several health ‘experts’? By stewartb The latest assessment of the state of the NHS comes from the House of Lords (HoL) Public Services Committee. This is a diverse body: i ..read more
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Dr Iain Kennedy again
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by johnrobertson834
6d ago
It’s Dr Iain Kennedy again. As recently as 29 December, he was everywhere telling the same tale: Doctor Iain Kennedy is everywhere in the MSM, forecasting doom and scaring the old and vulnerable in a manner quite unworthy of a trained medic As the ever alert MSM Monitor has noted he fails to mention what his UK HQ has reported: NHS would not survive without the contribution of overseas healthcare workers, BMA says https://www.bma.org.uk/bma-media-centre/nhs-would-not-survive-without-the-contribution-of-overseas-healthcare-workers-bma-says Instead, he joins that venal posse of opposition politi ..read more
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Dramatic fall in longer A&E waits in January
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by johnrobertson834
1w ago
Like all of you more numerate readers out there, I have my reservations about the significance of weekly variations in NHS performance but our friends in the MSM have none such, and love nothing more than to pounce on any suggestion of lowering performance in NHS Scotland. So, in the week ending 8 January 2023: Source: https://www.publichealthscotland.scot/publications/nhs-performs-weekly-update-of-emergency-department-activity-and-waiting-time-statistics/nhs-performs-weekly-update-of-emergency-department-activity-and-waiting-time-statistics-week-ending-08-january-2023 ..read more
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On the crisis in A&E in England
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by johnrobertson834
1w ago
On the crisis in A&E:  ’neither the Department of Health and Social Care, nor NHS England, seem prepared to deliver the leadership required with the urgency required’  (House of Lords report, 19 January 2023) By stewartb The latest assessment of the state of emergency healthcare in the NHS comes from a new report by a House of Lords (HoL) committee. The Public Services Committee has a Labour peer as Chair, three other Labour members, three Tory members, two Lib Dems and two cross-benchers. The focus of the committee’s report is NHS England and some of its findings are quite remar ..read more
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Reasons to doubt Shelter Scotland’s agenda: Part 2
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by johnrobertson834
1w ago
In the Herald today: SCOTLAND’S leading homelessness charity is to demand John Swinney reverses plans to cut affordable housing spending. https://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/23266180.john-swiney-urged-drop-devastating-cuts-affordable-homes/ The criticism comes from Shelter. When I saw that my memory banks twitched. See this from September 2021: Regular visitors here will know that, according to research by the charity Crisis, the homeless rate in Scotland is about half that in England and the lowest in the UK. Full details here: https://www.crisis.org.uk/about-us/media-centre/worst-forms-o ..read more
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What would happen if the SNP was HM Opposition in Westminster?
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by johnrobertson834
1w ago
The above prediction from LeftiStats puts the SNP well ahead of the UK Cons and thus becoming the official opposition. What would they do? Would it be a good thing? What would Ian Murray try do as Governor General ..read more
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‘A&E Compare’ – a service for BBC-reliant Tory and Labour loyalists in Scotland?
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by johnrobertson834
1w ago
By stewartb With the publication (19 January) of the December 2022 A&E statistics for NHS Wales, it is now possible to compare and contrast the performance of NHS Emergency Departments (EDs) in England, Scotland and Wales during perhaps the most challenging month to date in the history of the NHS. (Comparable statistics for Northern Ireland are not currently available: these are only reported quarterly and Q4 2022 data have yet to be released.) This blog post tabulates key metrics and compares them across the three NHS organisations. The statistics are focused largely on 24 hour, consultan ..read more
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“F_off Nicola” Labour councillor sneaks into Herald letters page with sack of garbage
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by johnrobertson834
1w ago
North Ayrshire Labour councillor has sneaked into the Herald’s letter pages today with a claim that the SNP doesn’t have a case for independence. Here’s the case: https://www.gov.scot/publications/building-new-scotland-stronger-economy-independence-summary/ Gallagher is infamous for tweeting in 2020 that BBC Scotland’s Sarah Smith should “Get a backbone. Tell her [Nicola Sturgeon] to f___ off.” Also in 2020, he wrote: I responded: I’ll leave the exams ‘fiasco’ for another time but the rest of this paragraph is based on clear dishonesty in the light of well-published evidence contradicting and ..read more
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Correction: Prestwick Airport posted a profit for the third year in a row and expects another flight boom this year
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by johnrobertson834
1w ago
In the Herald today: Executives at nationalised Prestwick Airport are expecting continued multi-million pound public money support to keep it in existence while public spending auditors said it is not clear that government intervention has provided value for the taxpayer pound. https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/23263791.prestwick-airport-needs-taxpayer-millions-remain-existence/ Yet, according to BBC Scotland Business in November 2022: The Scottish government-owned airport saw fuel sales return to pre-pandemic levels in the year to 31 March, boosted by “strong” military aircraft mov ..read more
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Latest A&E waiting times at Ayr Hospital massive 24% better than in Conservative-run NHS England
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by johnrobertson834
1w ago
In the Daily Record today: New figures show that 45 per cent of patients who presented at University Hospital Ayr’s A&E faced waits longer than the four-hour standard. South Scotland Conservative List MSP, Sharon Dowey, said the figures were “extremely worrying.” Dowey looks less than worried, I’d say. May be that’s because she knows the context? First, they’re using one-week statistically unreliable data. Over the month of December 2022, the University Hospital in Ayr, saw 61.3% in 4 hours. The figure for Scotland as a whole was 59.6%. For NHS England, managed by Dowey’s party ..read more
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