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NHS 24 data shows 240,000 calls not answered – The Herald Scotland

More than 240,000 calls to NHS 24 went unanswered from September to January in figures described as “astonishing” by opposition parties. 

At a time when patients were urged to call the helpline before turning up to A&E, an average of almost 50,000 calls per month to the NHS 111 number failed to be connected.

The highest number of abandoned calls occurred in September 2021 when 68,119 were left unanswered, according to data obtained by the Scottish Conservatives.

Over the festive period, in December, on more than 46,000 occasions callers were unable to speak to anyone.

The Conservatives said that “shockingly” on January 3, very nearly half of all calls (49.7%) were abandoned, accounting for more than 7,000 abandoned calls on that day alone.

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Pub closures not backed by evidence – The Herald Scotland

A leading bacteriologist has said he was not surprised to learn that pub owners are pursuing a legal challenge against lockdown closures saying he had been left ‘frustrated’ by the absence of hard data informing some decisions.

https://www.heraldscotland.com/business_hq/18816036.coronavirus-pub-closures-not-backed-evidence/