This story which could easily scare you into thinking you might not get the best care if you had to be admitted to an Ayrshire hospital with Covid-19, is based on two-week old assumptions, made before the encouraging evidence that the surge is now under control.
As with other reports in the Post it gives an easy credit to a local Conservative MSP to appear to be looking out for the people when really he is just looking out for his electoral chances in 2021.
The Scottish Government report A levels approach to suppression of COVID-19 was written at a time, in the weeks before 25th October when it was not known if the restrictions introduced in Glasgow, Dunbartonshire and Lanarkshire, 6 weeks ago, and across the Central Belt, two weeks ago, were working. This graph helps us understand what has really been happening
Hospital and ICU admissions have clearly levelled-out and are probably beginning to fall (dotted lines).
New cases across Scotland have been plateauing and beginning to fall (dotted line) for two weeks now:
Deaths are tragically high but there is time lag before they fall. They will.
And in Ayrshire & Arran?
Positive cases have been falling (green line) from the 26th October.
So, the ‘dire warning‘ is fake news. There is no bed shortage crisis. Stay disciplined and we’ll come out of this.
The past-it report: