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Scotland has much to be proud of in the way that the pandemic has been managed. I have no doubt that the death toll would have been greater without the unwavering support and close working relationship between the government and the clinical community.

Dr Dr Stephen Cole, the president of the Scottish Intensive Care Society

Strangely or perhaps not hidden away at the bottom of a report on admissions to intensive care in which BBC Scotland give us a fairly dry and descriptive account of the numbers and events in ICUs, there is a glowing comment about the performance of the Scottish Government which is perhaps down there because it sharply contradicts the current spate of media comment suggesting approval for them is a con trick. That view has been repeated by Macwhirter, Gordon and even the FT and the Guardian. As I write, I feel sure the same accusation will be echoing around Question Time.

Here’s what Dr Stephen Cole, the president of the Scottish Intensive Care Society, said:

Working with the Scottish government and national procurement, we were able to provide the potential for more than 700 ventilated ICU beds, four times the base capacity across Scotland. Scotland has much to be proud of in the way that the pandemic has been managed. I have no doubt that the death toll would have been greater without the unwavering support and close working relationship between the government and the clinical community.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-52922818