Scottish government publishes COVID19 decision making framework
The Scottish coronavirus decision making framework, seeks to address challenges that the pandemic presents in the country, coupled with the Scottish government's approach to them.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon described the document as 'living', explaining that it would be updated 'as evidence, modelling, and assessment of the different options open to the government developed.'
In the 'preparing for transition' section the document, it reads:
'As and when we lift restrictions, we will need to put in place public health measures to stop cases becoming clusters, clusters becoming outbreaks, and outbreaks becoming an uncontrolled peak that would require a return to lockdown to avoid enormous loss of life and the overwhelming of our health and care system.'
It appears that Scotland, as the rest of the UK, at least in part, is taking its lead from the five point check list laid out by acting first minister Dominic Raab; describing criteria that must be satisfied before lockdown lifted.
Raab mentioning in his check list safeguarding the NHS.
During Thursday's daily coronavirus briefing, health secretary Matt Hancock said in response to the framework:
"I understand the thirst for knowledge but the tests that we've set out, which are the basis for which others, for instance the Scottish government have then developed their plans, those tests are the critical tests for when changes can be made. We haven't met them yet and therefore we must keep the social distancing in place. "
On announcing the framework Sturgeon said she was attempting "to start a grown up conversation with you the public", the framework asking for feedback from the public.
The first minister said to discuss exiting the lockdown "as if its a flick of a switch moment is misguided" and that the Scottish government sough to make decisions that were "careful, gradual, incremental and probably quite small to start with."