Why does Reporting Scotland’s ‘dysfunctional’ breast cancer department have ‘average’ death rate?

Reporting Scotlandby Talking-Up Scotland  |  6 Apr 2019  |  Image :  Pixabay

In fact, the department looks ‘average’ and by no means ‘dysfunctional’. See the statistics below.

On the evening of April 1st, Reporting Scotland said of NHS Tayside’s Oncology Department at Ninewells in Dundee:

‘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.’

Only Reporting Scotland used the word ‘dysfunctional’. The BBC website and all the papers I looked at (8) did not use the term…

… Some time ago, I had an exchange with a Reporting Scotland editor who told me it was all very well for academics go on about peer-reviewed sources of evidence. I just didn’t understand journalism. Maybe he felt they were working so fast and to tight dead-lines, that it was unreasonable to expect them to spend hours poring over the evidence. This took me ten minutes to find…

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