This is one of the worst pieces of journalism I’ve seen for some time and that’s saying something.
The Daily Record reporter has based his report on watching ITV’s Good Morning Britain and Googling a few older stories.
At the very end, we read that this anonymous guy, alone in Glasgow flat, might just be, not so much a ‘Scots contact tracer’ as a ‘contact tracer living in Scotland’ working for an NHS England contract, like the ones in the Motherwell call centre outbreak:
It is unclear if the anonymous contact tracer is employed by NHS Scotland, the UK Government or a third party firm.
Given that the Scottish teams are based in local authorites and health boards, I think we know.
Before that, the reporter treats us to a tale of the waste, inefficiency and ineffectiveness we know is all too true of the situation in England where the contracted out system struggles to contact 70%, far less in Lancashire or Yorkshire, while the Scottish system typically hits 95%, 97.3% in Aberdeen!
Not, of course, mentioning the success of the Scottish system, Morrow regurgitates Jackie Baillie’s playground taunt to Jeanne Freeman that fewer contact tracers have been recruited than first promised.
Would that be because, duh, we don’t need them?