I thought this was a really interesting insight on a current BBC story from a Biased BBC reader;
“There is a report today on the BBC website about the government wanting all foreign doctors working in the NHS to be able to speak English. At present, EU-registered doctors are exempt from such a requirement, due to the Alice In Wonderland laws that currently prevail. The move has been precipitated due to the case of Dr Daniel Ubani – described as a “German” locum doctor – who managed to kill a patient on his first and only shift in the UK.
At the end of the article, the BBC makes the following plea: “Are you a foreign doctor working in England? What do you make of the government’s plans? Send us your thoughts and comments using the form below.”
Now, is it me just being unduly sensitive, but why are they are asking for such comments? If they are seeking opinions, surely the only ones that really matter are those of patients?
Surely the question should be “Are you a patient whose health treatment has been unduly affected by the use of doctors who cannot adequately speak English?”
Obviously such a question should only be open to NHS patients, and not the 500+ BBC executives who receive private health care as part of their contracts and are presumably unaffected. It may seem a small point, but it is indicative of the general mindset of the BBC, where victims and the guilty are carefully rearranged.”
Oh, and one final point. Ubani is “German” but was born in Nigeria only gaining German citizenship. Perhaps the BBC should provide this little detail when it is at it.