EXCL: Scotland's Health Secretary Jeane Freeman criticised for revealing UK vaccine storage location in parliament, prompting security concerns thescottishsun.co.uk/news/scottish-…
Odd sequence of events tonight in relation to this story. The location was repeated by officials at a background briefing for media this afternoon. After the briefing, Scot Gov told journalists at 5.30pm NOT to report the location due to security fears
The problem is, Jeane Freeman mentioned it in parliament this morning.

So we asked Scot Gov about this by email at 5.51pm and in a call at 6.38pm, where we also told them of UK Gov concerns about the location being spoken about by Ms Freeman in parliament.
Scot Gov finally replied at 10.06pm, & changed their tunes - claiming that mentioning the location (or the distributor) wasn't actually an issue

We've erred on side of caution & are not naming them tonight. Location doesn't seem to have been reported (if it has, def not widely)

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11 Jan
Figures coming out today raise Qs on whether vaccination rollout is moving as quickly as it could in Scotland, given supplies.

In summary: 500,000+ jabs in Scotland to date, with total due to rise to 900,000 this month.

Scot Gov stated aim: 560k jabs in arms by early Feb
Finding out precise figures on vaccine plan/supplies is proving difficult.

On supplies: Nicola Sturgeon said today it was "broadly right" half a million doses had been sent to Scotland so far (Q from @DSanderson_85)

UK Gov sources today: 560,000 doses sent to Scotland so far
Nicola Sturgeon last Thurs: "We think we will have by the end of January just over 900,000 doses of the vaccines."

So, 500,000-560,000 now, and 340,000-400,000+ more expected to come this month
Read 4 tweets
20 Nov 20
EXCL: Patients catching Covid-19 in Scotland's hospitals nearly doubles in a week.
* 189 definite or probable hospital-onset cases (116 'definite', 73 'probable') in week ending Oct 25
* Up from 98 in previous week
* Weekly cases peaked at 250 in April
* Weekly hospital-onset Covid cases in Scotland appear to be rising back towards April peak.
* But Scot Gov's national clinical director claimed today: “It would appear in wave two, the numbers are much, much lower than they were in wave one.”
* Labour's @MonicaLennon7 says failure to prevent the spread among patients and staff "has contributed to Covid getting out of control" and second lockdowns
* Scottish Greens' @AlisonJohnstone: "It’s clearly not the case that infections are much lower than they were in wave one."
Read 7 tweets
10 Nov 20
EXCL: Scotland's test and trace system - Test & Protect - is performing much worse than official data had claimed.

Public Health Scotland botched its reporting, meaning official data the public has been fed for weeks was far rosier than the reality. 

thescottishsun.co.uk/news/scottish-… Image
Corrected Public Health Scotland data shows that in 5 of 8 weeks in Sep & Oct, Test & Protect failed to interview approx half of positive "index" cases within 24 hours of being notified (see bold below in my summary).

Public health experts say speed is of the essence. Image
Here are some of the Test & Protect figures that have been corrected. These are the 3 key measures related to T&P taking **less than 24 hours** to:
a) interview +ve person after test takes place
b) interview +ve person after T&P notified of result
c) complete contact tracing Image
Read 7 tweets
10 Nov 20
Today is the first *weekly* review of Scotland's Covid tiers. Every week now, 32 councils will be told on a Tuesday what level they'll be in on Fri. Today, we know Glasgow and N/S Lanarkshire at least are being considered for Level 4 lockdowns. SNP cabinet meeting now to decide
Nicola Sturgeon yesterday made clear Glasgow/Lanarkshire could move to Level 4. She said there had been a "levelling off of the quite marked increase in cases" several weeks ago, but said: “That levelling off is not a decline.And it is a levelling off at still quite a high level"
Nicola Sturgeon: "...So we have to judge for Glasgow, for Lanarkshire, for other areas: Does keeping the current restrictions, and it may well be that this is the case, allow us to continue to, to move that to a declining position, or do we need to think about something more?"
Read 6 tweets
9 Nov 20
Police Scotland mental health sick days soar to 66k. @DvdHmltn: "Officers are burning out by being asked to do too much, too often. They are being asked to do things, see things and hear things that no person should have to and with no time to process it" thescottishsun.co.uk/news/scottish-…
Police Scotland days off due to psychological disorders - incl stress, PTSD - stepped up from 38,588 in 2017-18, to 44,398 in 2018-19, then to 65,998 in 2019-20.
Scottish Tory leader @Douglas4Moray: "The number of days off have gone through the roof because the SNP Government are not giving officers the resources to do their job. My wife is a police sergeant and I know first-hand how demanding, both mentally and physically,the job can be"
Read 4 tweets
27 Oct 20
At Holyrood inquiry into Scot Gov's Alex Salmond probe, Judith MacKinnon - the HR boss whose involvement led to the the probe being declared unlawful due to her prior contact with complainers - says: “I did not have any doubts about taking on the role of investigating officer”
Judith MacKinnon is deliberately avoiding naming a Scottish Government employment lawyer she spoke to regularly during the unlawful inquiry. She suggests she is reluctant as he is not a senior civil servant. Labour MSP Jackie Baillie says the committee will find out eventually
Some shade from Labour's Jackie Baillie during Qs to Scot Gov official Judith MacKinnon re what was known/when re Salmond probe "I appreciate it's a long time ago and you are not alone in having a failing memory". Could she be referring to this?! thescottishsun.co.uk/news/scottish-…
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