In the Scottish Sun this morning:
A MEDIC warned that Nicola Sturgeon’s test, trace and isolate regime may do “more harm than good” — as up to a third of results could be false negatives. Dr Margaret McCartney claimed the system has a “fatal error” which leaves patients with coronavirus at risk of being wrongly cleared to mingle.
The story is based on a thread in the GP’s Twitter feed. Here’s what she actually said around 7am yesterday:
The test and trace programme may end up ironically doing more harm than good. We need protect and survive – this needs urgent review. It’s absurd for the government to roll out hugely expensive programme without knowing rough false negative rate and making sure it’s used rationally. Worryingly there is a possibly big chance that believing unreliable negative results will result in more covid-19 being spread.
There is no mention of the Scottish system nor of the First Minister. She then clarifies who she is addressing around 2pm yesterday:
Hello @jasonleitch thanks for all your and @NicolaSturgeon work in covid, vv appreciated. we agree positive tests accurate and testing is important. But do not know false neg rate esp drive through covid testing centres. High risk symptoms+neg test should not =return to work…and I should say to be fair to @scotgovhealth that the running of these drive through centres is not local but eg from deloitte and uk gov. if I was in charge I’d decline the uk gov offer and set up our own….
So more accurately:
Coronavirus Scotland: Fears Matt Hancock’s Test and Trace scheme may do ‘more harm than good’
Coronavirus Scotland: Glasgow GP says ditch UK drive through testing
Coronavirus Scotland: Glasgow GP thanks Jason Leitch and Nicola Sturgeon for all their work.