Stats make for grim read­ing

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - COMMENT -

Sir, – An old but true proverb tells us that the road to Hell is paved with good in­ten­tions – and our First Min­is­ter is prov­ing ex­actly that.

Of the 15 Bills put for­ward to the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment in the past years, only two ap­pear to have ac­tu­ally been ad­vanced to the fi­nal stage.

With that in­glo­ri­ous record be­hind her, Ms Stur­geon is now us­ing it as a “spring­board” for the com­ing par­lia­men­tary year to tell us that £7 bil­lion of our money is to be spent on “pub­lic build­ings” and £60 mil­lion is to go to­wards pro­vid­ing men­tal health care for younger mem­bers of our com­mu­nity.

While I am both puz­zled and sad­dened by such an enor­mous sum need­ing to be spent on sup­pos­edly un­sta­ble school­child­ren, I note that sta­tis­tics show that only 34% of un­der 18 year olds were treated in the time span that the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment it­self ini­tially drew up – and that, of course, was on Ms Stur­geon’s watch.

Prom­ises, prom­ises. Archibald A Lawrie. 5 Church Wynd, Kings­ket­tle. cre­ated jointly by Ed­u­ca­tion Scot­land, the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment and the NHS, pupils aged five will be asked to de­cide whether they are a boy, a girl or nei­ther.

I will leave your read­ers to de­cide what ef­fect this will have on the wait­ing lists.

Iain Cathro.

31 Fern­dale Drive, Dundee.

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