SNP plans to invest in PPE were sabotaged by Tories!

Many thanks to our feeder CMac (not the ferry operator) for this one.

In the never-knowingly pro-SNP P&J and buried elsewhere:

UK Government decision to postpone a joint procurement process left emergency pandemic supplies “depleted” and dependent on extending expiry dates. Our investigation has found Scottish health chiefs privately questioned the move and asked whether it was driven by anything other than cost-cutting. Memos obtained by this newspaper show SNP ministers approved a business case for a £4.23 million investment in vital FFP3 respirators for the nation’s pandemic stockpile back in October 2015.

So, not only did they try to divert supplies away from Scottish care homes in the midst of the crisis, they had previously caused the shortage, in the first place?

I leave readers to come up with a collective noun for those UK Conservatives responsible. Maybe a clever use of the acronym PPE?

Pointless, pointless, every one of them?

9 thoughts on “SNP plans to invest in PPE were sabotaged by Tories!

  1. Proper Pointless Ejits
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    Possibly Pure Evil
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    Propulsion Powered Efforts
    Principle Part ejected
    Potentially Preventable Error
    Purely Perverse Enigma
    Putrid Passable Enema
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    Tis wearisome now

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  2. The BBC website has an article dated 28 April 2020 about a Panorama programme on PPE.

    The UK government’s decision to not procure FFP3 masks in October 2015 is not mentioned specifically.

    It probably comes under “subsequently ignored a warning by its own advisers to buy missing equipment”?

    “Coronavirus: UK failed to stockpile crucial PPE”

    It says

    “The investigation by BBC Panorama found that vital items were left out of the stockpile when it was set up in 2009 and that the government subsequently ignored a warning from its own advisers to buy missing equipment.”

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  3. “We are concerned especially with the effect of differential wage rates in top positions, which are typically occupied by individuals commanding the highest salaries and who provide organisational leadership and strategy.82 Here, it really does pay to work in the private sector: research in 2014 showed that at the 99th percentile of the distribution, hourly pay was 20 per cent higher in the private than in the public sector.83 Inevitably, these differences will have left certain public sector skills gaps. Over time, this creates structural inefficiencies which ultimately affect the delivery of public services. For example, it has always been difficult to retain really good staff in procurement positions because these specialists are paid much more in the private than in the public sector. Therefore, it was not especially surprising that the NHS’s procurement arm came under such strain during the early months of the crisis. Its weaknesses may in part explain why such high volumes of procurement work were soon outsourced by government, a process during which established procedures were abandoned and the risks of fraud and poor value for money increased substantially.84 Failure to invest in the public workforce during normal times can, when serious disruption occurs, lead to systems buckling.”


  4. Of course they engineered a shortage. It’s the oldest trick in the book.
    You run things down and then you and your pals make a fortune restocking and building it back up again.


  5. If less people (pro rata) are being vaccinated in Scotland. It means Scotland is getting less supply of the vaccine (pro rata). Another unionist own goal. Harping on about it.

    The EU invested £3Billion in developing and production of the vaccine. They just want to secure the supplies they were assured. The UK Gov once again benefiting from EU policy but pursuing Brexit. Double standards.

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