Richard Leonard Tweet

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The Leader of Scottish Labour may be a breath of fresh air, but the chances are the policy advisors could do with a shake-up on this one…

 

This may seem fairly okay, you may on first glance agree, and as a Labour Party member I would, on face-value applaud the pointing out of the failing of a rival, until the facts are pointed out…

A little about “RAH” (Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley):

The Royal Alexandra Hospital is the main hospital in Paisley serving a large catchment area as much as 200,000 from Renfrewshire, stretching all the way to Oban and Argyll. (Wikipedia article)

According to STV News, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde were approved to transfer patients to the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow, by the SNP Minister, Shona Robison. But a few points…

[RAH] was officially opened by Princess Alexandra in May 1988. (Wikipedia article)

and

The Royal Hospital for Children is a 256-bed hospital specialising in paediatric healthcare for children and young people up to the age of their 16th birthday. [and]

The hospital is part of the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and is built on the site of the former Southern General Hospital, in Govan and opened in June 2015. (Wikipedia article)

….as many responses to Mr Leonard’s tweet pointed out:


…or the slightly inaccurate but general sentiment of this tweet (in pure rhetoric)…

…inaccurate (based on the year) but the distance is accurate:

 

 

The point being a state-of-the-art purpose-built hospital, whilst a couple of wards are closed (which are currently suffering staff shortages)…

Should Richard Leonard be making a fuss about this?

The “Traditional Mass Media” seems to have supported the view (Google News Results). Now is it a case of Ms Sturgeon lying probably not, the review has been undertaken since 2015 (when she made the promise) but foresight should have perhaps have seen her realise a review was likely in the mid-term future, and not made the promise – considering it is likely a state-of-the-art dedicated hospital would ‘trump’ a smaller, older facility.

I actually believe Richard Leonard’s Public Relations and Policy teams should have sat down and realised that this was a non-story and not one a new leader should be promoting, especially considering it seems to make sense…

Now I could be wrong. I am not in possession of all the facts. Maybe there are legitimate reasons to protest this, but that needs to be clearly communicated. The tweet and video from Richard Leonard did not. Instead, it attacked the opponent, something a commercial organisation would generally be advised to avoid (we can discuss those Apple adverts with Mitchell and Webb another time)…

Featured image from the Scottish Sun, The Sun Glasgow, Michael Schofield

ORIGINAL ARTICLE FROM: Ed Thomas PR’s Uni Blog