'Scotland cannot adequately protect its population' claims country's Covid expert

Professor of Public Health, Linda Bauld, has hit out at the UK government for its ‘abdication of responsibility’ during recent weeks of the pandemic.

The professor, from the Usher Institute at the University of Edinburgh, added that ‘borders and limited powers are the main constraints’ facing devolved administrations.

Writing on social media she said she was ‘really worried’ about the situation facing Scotland.

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She posted: “Abdication of responsibility at UK level during the most recent weeks of this crisis.

“Devolved nations cannot adequately protect their populations. Borders and limited powers are the main constraints.

“Decisions (or lack of) in England affect all of the UK - really worried.”

Last month, Professor Bauld said that any plans to relax restrictions during the festive period would have ‘consequences’.

Professor Linda Bauld

She said: “From a public health perspective, I have to be perfectly honest, I think this is a mistake.”

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