The Shadow Health Secretary, Donald Cameron, has expressed concern after the SNP Government was forced to remove a Covid vaccination plan just hours after it was published.
The plan included sensitive details around vaccine supply that could put at risk the number of vaccine doses that can be obtained.
Mr Cameron, a Highlands and Islands MSP: “This is the second serious error by SNP ministers in the space of 24 hours."
“Yesterday, the health secretary revealed a secret location that Scottish Government officials wanted to keep confidential. Now, they’ve had to pull a whole vaccination plan. Getting the vaccine to the people who need it is a race against time and we can’t afford slip ups like these which could potentially endanger supplies and risk impacting the rollout of the vaccine."
“People in my region, with its challenging geography and long lines of communication, need to be reassured that the head-start made by the UK Government in securing millions of doses, isn’t frittered away by mishaps closer to home."
“The entire attention of the Scottish Government needs to be focused on the vaccine roll-out and SNP obsessions about independence referendums put back on the shelf.”
A UK Government source has told the Press Association that: "The reason we didn't want to publish these figures was because everyone in the world wants these vaccines, and if other countries see how much we are getting they are likely to put pressure on the drug firms to give them some of our allocation."
The plan was published by the Scottish Government around 8pm last night and has now been removed: https://www.gov.scot/binaries/content/documents/govscot/publications/strategy-plan/2020/12/coronavirus-covid-19-vaccine-deployment-plan-2021/documents/coronavirus-covid-19-vaccine-deployment-plan-2021/coronavirus-covid-19-vaccine-deployment-plan-2021/govscot%3Adocument/COVID-19%2BVaccine%2BDeployment%2BPlan%2B13%2BJanuary%2B2021.pdf
Jeane Freeman’s mistake is here: https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/scottish-news/6531307/coronavirus-vaccine-scotland-jeane-freeman-location-blunder/