MSP’s verdict on lockdown update

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Shadow health secretary Donald Cameron has commented on the Scottish Government’s road out of lockdown.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon made a statement to parliament in Edinburgh on Tuesday with some key dates concerning schools, the economy, households and worship.

Mr Cameron, the Conservative MSP for the Highlands and Islands, said in a statement afterwards: ‘Frankly, the briefing proved to be little more than a holding statement telling us to come back in three weeks for more information.

‘There was nothing provided on when NHS services would get back up to speed, when weddings would resume, or when social distancing would end.

‘While I fully acknowledge that complete certainty is not possible, I really do think people would have benefited from a greater sense of direction and momentum.

‘The UK has now delivered more than 18m vaccinations, more than that of France, Germany, Italy and Spain combined, but you wouldn’t have known that from the statement from Nicola Sturgeon.’

Miss Sturgeon said in Tuesday’s speech: ‘I want to give as much as possible today – while avoiding giving false assurance or picking arbitrary dates that have no grounding at this stage in any objective assessment.

‘I am as confident as I can be that the indicative, staged, timetable that I have set out today – from now until late April when the economy will start to substantially re-open – is a reasonable one.’