Kidneys now off the PR menu for Health Secretary

It must have looked like a good wheeze to take the media focus off the fiddled waiting time statistics and with the worst waiting times for A&E since 2007 about to be published.

Health Secretary, Alex Neil, went off to watch a kidney transplant operation at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

This would have made a feel-good story had the Minister not had a feel-bad experience.

As the knife went at the start of the complex procedure,Mr Neil was described by theatre staff as ‘turning white’ and was said to have ‘fainted’, ‘keeled over’ and had to be helped to a trolley outside to recover.

The Minister’s aides – who were in the theatre as well in a stunt which ought to raise questions on the integrity of the hospitals infection control regime – were so engaged with the procedure themselves that they didn’t immediately notice their principal’s passing out parade.

Government spin doctors went to work quickly to deny that the Health Secretary had fainted, saying that he simply felt a little light headed. That doesn’t usually require a trolley.

The insider’s report suggested that the surgical team shared a few grins as they completed the procedure when the Ministerial entourage had passed out of the building.

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5 Responses to Kidneys now off the PR menu for Health Secretary

  1. ‘The minister’s aides…..were so engaged….they didn’t immediately notice…’ – aye, right, they were probably dreaming of shooting peasants on Raasay.

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  2. Seriously, I really despair of you. I’m getting a wee bit concerned about your health, a session lying down in a dark room might help. As someone else said about a previous article “what a non story”

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  3. Non story maybe but certainly raises a chuckle.
    Definetly a plus for the Health Secretary to experience what it feels like to be kept on a trolley for a while.
    Cheers Neil.

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  4. Anent target for dealing with A &E admissions I note that those dealt within 12hours was 99.8%. The tougher target of 4 hours shows 90.3 % of admissions.

    Incidentally as the actual time of those dealt with between 4 and 12 hours is not recorded it is reasonable to assume that a sizeable number were dealt with nearer the 4 hours than the 12 hours.

    Has FA asked Jackie Baillie what the performance was when Labour was in power? Don’t bother, it didn’t bother to record them. I was the SNP who introduced them.

    Can FA find out how other countries’ health services compare with the Scottish NHS on A & E admissions service times?

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  5. I am bl**dy glad he wasn’t attending my operation 6 years ago – apart from not wanting an official to watch over what as you say is a complicated operation I would be most concerned regarding infection. I have seen two people suffering from infections after this kind of operation and it is definitely pleasant to see and extremely unpleasant and painful for the recipient.
    To make a spectacle of this serious work by ‘fainting’ falls into the catergory of the bizarre but it does not surprise me that people in public office will do almost anything to get publicity – good or bad, as is often said ‘there is no such thing as bad publicity. If they want to do something to help the NHS they should look into the farce that is appointments and the amount of wasted time for staff and us alike. An example of waste is that my wife went to our local doctor with a small growth on her neck She had these removed befoe and new what it was. he doctor knew also. An appointment was made to visit the local hospital (20 mins away) for a consultation. The consultation agreed to the removal but due to the fact it was on her neck then she would need the minor operation but in Glasgow. The appointment duly arrived. We found out by chance that it was not for the operation but for a consultation. Apparently one doctor in Glasgow was not prepared to accept the diagnosis of our local doctor (who comes from Glasgow and has a clinic once a week). Off we went, had the appointment and diagnosis confirmed. 200 miles + petrol and time – petrol money paid in part by the Health Authority on all trips by the way.
    Waited for a month for the procedure, went along for the procedure only to be told that it gad better be done after Christmas due to our travel arrangements. Another 200 miles etc etc. The next appointment arrived and off we went again procedure completed another 200 miles etc etc a follow up appointment was to be sent. We got 2 appointments for the same day one local and one in Glasgow,or the same thing.
    Ohoned the local hospital to see if they knew if the appointments were duplicated, they did not know so asked if we could speak to the surgeons secretary – could only leave a message on the first occasion asking for a return call. No call forthcoming so left 2 more messages. Still no answers. After another attempt to find out what was happening we cancelled the appointment in Glasgow we went to the appointment in our local hospital. We got the results to our satisfaction.
    Some people ask the question why does the health service cost so much to run?
    I am afraid it doesn’t take a genius to work out why costs are sky high if this is the procedure that most people go through to get a satisfactory outcome to what was a known issue. We have the best health care in the world despite the efforts of the senior managers and inefficient procedures.

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