Scottish health boards and the Scottish Government made use of British military assistance in the form of patient transfers by air, PPE fitting and testing, delivery of additional hospital beds and “planning assistant to the Scottish Government”.
Recently, there was quite a controversial article in a Scottish newspaper that angrily claimed that the Ministry of Defence had not given civil assistance in the effort against Coronavirus outside of England, that was not true as we reported the opposite at the time, so I attempted to find out more.
I asked the Ministry of Defence the following question:
“I am looking for information on Military Aid to Civil Authorities (MACA) requests from the period of July 2019 to July 2020. Specifically, I am looking for details such as date and a summary of the request regarding requests from Scottish NHS trusts or the Scottish Government and whether or not they were accepted or rejected. For rejected requests I would also like the reasons why those requests were rejected.”
Below is a table showing all requests.
Not that this is a bad or unusual thing, Scotland is part of the UK and is obviously entitled to the use of what Scottish taxpayers fund.
Remember, the key here is not to believe every sensationalist headline you see.