Disgrace yourself by putting yourself to the test! After missing roughly 37k targets, the SNP has been chastised for “cutting shortcuts.”
SNP ministers were chastised today after the Scottish Government’s test and trace system missed a key aim for tracing contacts of Covid cases about 37,000 times in the previous year.
According to statistics supplied by Scotland’s Test and Protect system, 36,766 contact tracing cases took longer than the WHO’s aim of 72 hours to complete.
Around a third of them occurred in the last three weeks, with 7,029 occurring in the week ending July 4, the greatest number ever.
According to revised numbers for the same week, only 54.3 percent of contacts were reached within the three-day window, compared to an early estimate of 73.1 percent. This is the lowest performance since the commencement of the COVID-19 epidemic.
The Scottish Government, led by the SNP, has been accused by opposition parties in Holyrood of presiding over a chaotic test and trace system.
“Today’s data have highlighted just how badly Test and Protect has been performing, despite the best efforts of the staff,” Jackie Baillie MSP, Scottish Labour deputy leader, stated.
“Any improvements in the system’s operation are great, but to be honest, the system is still in disarray.”
“It is clear that the government’s directive to Test and Protect to cut corners has resulted in much fewer interactions being made.
“The Scottish administration is playing fast and loose with the people’s safety.”
“The SNP took their eye off the ball and have been playing catch-up in trying to trace the virus’s future spread,” Annie Wells MSP, Scottish Tory health spokesman, said.
“Now they’re shamelessly cutting corners in order to achieve important deadlines.”
In response, Scottish Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said that the recent rise in cases has put Scotland’s contact tracing system under “severe pressure.”
He disputed, however, that the system had “cut corners” to enhance turnaround times, as claimed by opposition parties.
“There’s no doubt there’s been severe pressure on the Test and Protect system, there’s no getting away from that,” the senior Nat told media today.
“It hasn’t performed up to the standards we would have liked, which is understandable given the unprecedented number of instances.
“The action we’ve taken has resulted in an increase in contact tracing figures.
“While we’re still short of the WHO’s 80% mark, we’re getting very, very close.
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