Where have the contact tracing reinforcements gone?

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today raised questions about contact tracing reinforcements after another week of delays. 

Speaking on Good Morning Scotland this week, Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said there were around 800 active contact tracers working in Scotland and that the government is "aiming for around a 1000 over the coming period". 

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People are sick and tired of PM’s Brexit melodrama – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has condemned Boris Johnson’s “Brexit melodrama” after the Prime Minister said that the country must prepare for a no-deal exit from the transition period. The Prime Minister’s spokesperson later said that there was “no point” in EU negotiators coming to London for the next round of trade talks.

A no-deal Brexit has been estimated to cost the UK approximately 8% of long-term GDP, with agriculture one of the hardest-hit sectors.

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Lib Dems: Ferrier should still have good grace to resign

Responding to the news that Margaret Ferrier MP will avoid charges from the Met Police because the new regulations are applicable only after September 28 2020, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said: 

“Margaret Ferrier may have side-stepped the new regulations by one day but it’s clear to people across the nation that she broke the rules and acted in a selfish and dangerous manner.  

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App-y days as Prime Minister commits to fixing test and trace app bug

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has today committed to fixing an interoperability issue with the Scottish and English test and trace apps.

The Protect Scotland and NHS COVID-19 apps help NHS Scotland and England carry out test and tracing respectively. However, if someone crosses the border they have to manually switch between the two apps – it does not happen automatically. 

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Tracers failed to interview more than 500 people within 48 hours last week

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton today said the Scottish Government "wasted the time people gave them over the summer" after new statistics showed that last week hundreds more people weren't interviewed about their whereabouts and contacts within 48 hours of their positive test being logged.

Scottish Liberal Democrat analysis of today's Public Health Scotland data shows the number of people waiting over 48 hours between their positive case being logged and being interviewed by contact tracers:

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Rennie: Scottish Government playing catch up on quarantine checks

After the target of spot-checking 20% of quarantining travellers was met for the first time since it was first announced in June, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie commented:

"It shouldn't have taken months and our raising this repeatedly with ministers including Nicola Sturgeon for this basic threshold to have finally been met.

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Stone: Let people pay their respects safely on Remembrance Day

Liberal Democrat veterans spokesperson, Jamie Stone MP, has today sought assurances from the Scottish Government that it will consider “workable suggestions” to ensure Remembrance Day services can go ahead in this important year of anniversaries.

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Carmichael calls for UN investigation of human rights abuses against Uyghurs

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has called for the creation of a formal UN mission to investigate human rights abuses against the Uyghur Muslims in China. Mr Carmichael pointed to recent reports from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China, which shed more light on the Chinese government’s attempts to repress this ethnic minority group, through methods such as forced labour camps and sterilisation procedures.

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SNP leadership should disavow BBC non-payment plan

Liberal Democrat culture spokesperson Jamie Stone MP has today called on the SNP leadership to disavow suggestions from a former Justice Secretary and fellow SNP MPs for a non-payment campaign against the BBC. 

A letter to the broadcaster was signed by Scotland’s former justice secretary Kenny MacAskill, Angus MacNeil, Douglas Chapman and Neale Hanvey. 

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New route map must be written with the country, not imposed upon it

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today warned that the new Scottish route map must be written in partnership with people across the country, not imposed by the Scottish Government on the country.

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