Suitably irked again by Jackson Carlaw in Holyrood and by subsequent BBC Scotland’s biased reporting about PPE, the Health Secretary, has clarified things (above). Note the point about mutual aid to England. This makes the two points below all the more striking:
UK PPE suppliers were refusing to sell to Scottish care homes:
Also, we had this astonishing revelation in the Times on April 14th:
Major manufacturers of personal protective equipment (PPE) are refusing to send supplies to Scotland because they are prioritising England. The global supply chain is under severe pressure as countries try to protect their frontline health and care workers during the pandemic. Gompels, which is based in Melksham, Wiltshire, has said that it will not supply Scotland or Wales under a contract that it holds with Public Health England. “You must be registered and operating within England — apologies to Wales and Scotland, we are told you have different processes for getting emergency supplies,” its website states.
UK Government departments funded by Scottish tax-payers told not to help Scottish PPE buyers:
From the Holyrood Health Committee on 7th May, we hear that two UK departments, funded by the Scottish taxpayer, with extensive overseas trade links have been told not to support Scottish attempts to buy PPE:
We have raised a specific issue with the UK Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, about a decision that was taken with respect to the Department for International Trade overseas network and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office issuing advice not to support new procurement requests from devolved administrations.
The Department forInternational Trade’s overseas networks should be supporting the devolved Administrations, as parts of the UK.