Saturday, 16 May 2020

If It Walks Like A Duck - 'Patient Confidentiality', My Arse! (2)

Neil Mackay writing in The Herald takes a stick to the Scottish Government and argues that 'if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then almost certainly it is a duck'. 

I have to say I agree because there is no reason for the Scottish Government to have hidden behind a completely bogus argument about 'patient confidentiality' in failing to report Scotland's first Coronavirus outbreak back in February 2020.

Now I don't know Neil Mackay, but what I like about his  opinion pieces is that Neil is not afraid to speak out even though I suspect he's very broadly supportive of the SNP and the Scottish Government.

For example, while lots of SNP supporters were keeping their heads down over the lavish expenses claims of Glasgow's Lord Provost Neil wrote a hard-hitting column which dubbed Eva Bolander as Glasgow's Imelda Marcos (see post below dated 11/10/19). 

Read Neil Mackay's full article via the link below to The Herald.

Opinion: Neil Mackay: No matter how much Sturgeon denies it, the Edinburgh outbreak looks like a cover-up

By Neil Mackay - The Herald

NO matter how much the Scottish Government denies it, no matter how much bluster there is, it’s hard to see anything other than a cover-up when it comes to the coronavirus outbreak in Edinburgh at the end of February.

Here’s the order of events: the Scottish Government confirmed the country’s first case of coronavirus on March 1. The case was in Tayside.

'Patient Confidentiality', My Arse (15/05/20)

The Scottish Government is getting a hard time over its 'patient confidentiality' defence a Coronavirus outbreak in Edinburgh back in February 2020.

Quite right too, if you ask me because there's an enormous  difference between reporting such information anonymously and releasing people's personal details.

Now I don't know about a 'cover-up', but I would say that SNP politicians are as bad as anyone else when it comes to freedom of information (FoI).

For example, my personal experience of FoI and SNP led Glasgow City Council is really no different to the the days when Scotland's largest council was Labour controlled.


Nicola Sturgeon denies claims of 'cover-up' over Edinburgh Covid-19 outbreak

By Alistair Grant - The Herald

Nicola Sturgeon denies claims of 'cover-up' over Edinburgh Covid-19 outbreak

NICOLA Sturgeon has dismissed claims she covered up a coronavirus outbreak in February as "complete and utter nonsense".

The First Minister said the incident at a conference for the sportswear brand Nike was kept from the public partly because of patient confidentiality.

But she insisted all appropriate steps were taken to protect public health and confirmed cases were included in official figures.

Scotland's first confirmed coronavirus case was in Tayside on March 1.

However the BBC reported an earlier outbreak hit a Nike conference at Edinburgh's Hilton Carlton Hotel on February 26 and 27.