BBC Scotland forced to defend itself from nasty nats triggered by NHS story – Scottish Daily Express

It comes after the broadcaster revealed NHS bosses had discussed charging some people for treatment with the SNP-run health service in crisis
BBC Scotland's news team has been forced to defend itself after nasty nats were triggered by a story. The national broadcaster had broken news that NHS leaders in Scotland had discussed charging some people for treatment to deal with the crisis the service is facing under SNP rule.
With Scots facing record waiting times Health Minister Humza Yousaf is under increasing pressure to quit. And draft minutes of a meeting of NHS Scotland health board chief executives in September reportedly revealed potential solutions, that also include a rollback of some free prescriptions.
The minutes show them accuse the Nat-run government of being "divorced from reality" and that the NHS has been built on a model "that no longer works today". The meeting suggested "fundamental reform" of the primary care model is needed.
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The story sparked outrage from opposition parties that NHS bosses have been left in a position where they may need to consider desperate actions. But instead at pointing the finger at their own party's failings, anger among cybernats on social media has been reserved for those who have reported on the issues.
On Monday afternoon, the BBC Scotland News PR Twitter account released a statement responding to the outcry. It said: "Reporting on the NHS in Scotland is a very important story for our audience. They have a right to know what those leading the NHS in Scotland are discussing – and that's what we've been reporting today."
Among those to attack the BBC was the sinister Twitter account MSM Monitor, which is followed by several SNP MPs and MSPs. It had no fewer than 10 tweets complaining about the story by 1pm on Monday afternoon.
The person behind the deranged account claims the story is "choreographed" and is "a virtual carbon copy of an anti-SNP smear the broadcaster ran two days before the 2014 Indyref".
They accuse the BBC of "promoting corrupt news" and rant: "What must it have been like inside the Colonial Quay building this morning?
"An atmosphere of frenzied excitement will have gripped the news team. Mass hysteria will have slowly built as nobody dared point to the shallowness of the story. What a terrible culture."
Among the SNP politicians to follow the account are Emma Harper, Hannah Bardell, David Torrance and Deirdre Brock. James Dornan MSP has previously been engaged with the account and liked a tweet on the page suggesting the ferry fiasco wasn't important.
The Beeb's comment prompted outrage from people angry it had even had to take that action. One said: "The fact that this had to be posted says everything about the current state of Scottish politics. Nationalists are angry because they do not want this discussed. Strange."
And another wrote: "What a time to be alive in Scotland. A news organisation has to issue a statement justifying it reporting the news!"
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