A professor has given a brutal assessment of the Scottish Government‘s response to the outbreak of Covid. In a withering attack, Mark Woolhouse, who was part of Holyrood’s advisory group during the crisis, slammed the decision to shut schools a second time, while also labelling the stay-at-home rules “never necessary”.
The shocking analysis came as the UK Covid Inquiry continued its three-week stint in Edinburgh. Prof Woolhouse was a member of the Scottish Government Covid-19 Advisory Group during the pandemic.
But yesterday he slammed the then-first minister Nicola Sturgeon for her “empty rhetoric” when she spoke about Covid deaths. Prof Woolhouse gave evidence to the inquiry – chaired by Baroness Heather Hallett – claiming that hundreds of people may have died unnecessarily after being told not to “bother” the NHS.
He continued that, in his opinion, when Scotland went into lockdown, the Scottish Government did not have “the faintest idea how long we would be in it for”. The professor stated that another of Holyrood’s Covid orders that Scots should stay at home was “never necessary”.