We seem to be suffering from a lack of appropriate figures to inform key debates and consequently protagonists seem to package up any data in to sound-bite grenades that then get lobbed into public debate. An example is the debate over the “seven-day” NHS.
There are not enough doctors to run a seven-day NHS in England, according to a leading doctor.
In a speech on Tuesday, Royal College of Physicians president Prof Jane Dacre will warn ministers the issue must be addressed if their policy is to work.
She will highlight research that shows vacant posts are not being filled and gaps in rotas are being seen.
BBC News Website, 15 March 2016 | Not enough doctors for 7-day NHS, says Royal College head
This news report suffers in a number of ways:
- It is a “pre-announcement” – the actual news concerned has not happened yet so we cannot see the full context of the speech,
- It conflates two issues; the seven-day NHS and the current shortage of doctors.
It is the latter that currently most concerns me. Read more…