To be repeated throughout the day, based on a report by Audit Scotland.
Inadequate? I’ve had to look at Audit Scotland’s so-called research many times before. More, much more below:
First, here’s a key claim:
The Scottish government was not adequately prepared for the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a new report by the public spending watchdog. The spending watchdog found that despite a number of pandemic planning exercises, not all the actions identified in these projects were fully implemented. These included measures to ensure access to enough personal protective equipment (PPE) and to quickly address social care capacity.
Here’s a counter:
A 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.
Here’s a second counter:
Pandemic response strategy was reserved until 26th March 2020. Under pressure from the UK Government, all the MSM, the opposition parties and the ‘experts’ Audit Scotland relies on, the Scottish Government followed the 4 Nations strategy informed by SAGE England. We now know that this allowed the virus to spread. The major lesson is that not being an independent nation puts you at the mercy of right-wing ideologies such as the herd immunity strategy clearly favoured then by people like Johnson, Cummings and Whitty.
Audit Scotland’s Record on Health
Starting in October 2019 and working back:
Under the online headline: NHS in Scotland could face £1.8bn ‘shortfall’ without reform, says watchdog, we read, and hear headlined on Reporting Scotland Down:
Audit Scotland’s annual report said the NHS was “seriously struggling to become financially sustainable”. Auditor General Caroline Gardner said the integration of health and social care was too slow and staff were under intense pressure.
The pressures are getting more and more severe every year. That puts a lot of pressure on people working in the health service and it also damages confidence.
In making the above claims because, as far as I can see, the ‘evidence’ for them comes only from elite interviews (anecdotes) and unreliable, tiny-sample, self-selecting surveys carried out by partisan organisations such as the royal colleges and the BMA, seeking primarily to serve their members’ interests. The grasp of research methods seems poor. Here are three earlier assessment reports on their failures:
Audit Scotland’s Nursery provision report based on flawed methodology and naïve assumptions. Tories and Labour joyful as they feast on it.
Audit Scotland is also inconsistent in its findings. We find Audit Scotland saying quite different things depending on the sources they have used. See: