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SNP contact tracing failures probed following Aberdeen lockdown announcement

The Scottish Conservatives has said "questions will need to be answered" by the SNP over contact tracing following the Aberdeen lockdown announcement.  

 

After concerns emerged regarding the quality of a key element of the track and trace system, local MSP Alexander Burnett revealed that only 575 contact tracers were employed in Scotland on June 1.  

 

This is against the 2,000 the SNP said would be in post. 

 

The figures were obtained by the Scottish Conservatives, following reports that hospitality businesses in Aberdeen were adopting a “DIY” approach to contact tracing as no calls were being made from the central service.  

  

Aberdeenshire West MSP Alexander Burnett said:  

 

“The decision today to impose a further period of lockdown in Aberdeen is the right one in the circumstances, but a bitter blow to the city and its economy.

“However, questions will need to be answered about the operation of the track and trace system locally and the resources made available to support it.

 

"Recruiting just about a quarter of what the SNP government promised is a failure by any measure.

“The overwhelming priority now must be to suppress any community transmission of the virus, so the lockdown of Aberdeen can be ended at the earliest possible opportunity.”

 

Ends 

 

 

Notes for editors 

2,000 tracers were pledged for June 1. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-52705457

Data from all health boards bar NHS Highland as at June 1 

 

Board

Contact tracers 1 June

Shetland

13

Orkney

10

Tayside

49

Fife

45

Grampian

129

Ayrshire & Arran

28

Western Isles

14

Borders

19

Dumfries & Galloway

41

Forth Valley

20

Greater Glasgow & Clyde

90

Lanarkshire

36

Lothian

11

Highland

Awaiting response

National Services Scotland

70

   
   

TOTAL

575

 

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