Confusing information for different parts of the UK

The pandemic information in Scotland was confusing, making contact difficult, web sites pointed you to other places, which was also incorrect. Trying to obtain tests was difficult, eventually getting a test and returning the tests. We are still awaiting the results, no one took responsibility as the "pandemic" meant everyone was too busy to deal with anything so a waste of time trying to email anyone. Different rules, constantly changing, x 4 it became impossible for people to know which rules were in place in which area, all the UK should have had the same rules, at the same time. In an emergency it is time for governments to be as one, not score points that one is better than another. No one seemed to enforce which ever rule, was in place at any one time, neighbours having parties, and friends staying was not dealt with, no one seemed to care. In a bubble a friend spent hours each day on the telephone, and day after day trying to get a vaccination, registering with a GP as a temporary patient did nothing they would not help . Then they had no record of him, no record of his first vaccination, it was a complete shambles, nothing was connected.

Why the contribution is important

It is important to control the spread, vaccination, and testing, Changing the rules for different parts of the UK, was so confusing.

by ALUN on September 23, 2021 at 04:28PM

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Average rating: 3.8
Based on: 5 votes


  • Posted by Susieq September 23, 2021 at 17:10

    Didnt find rules confusing, I listened to daily briefing from Edinburgh which was clearly reporting current situation. I took on board the rules for Scotland. I would agree that little was done to enforce the rules, many were clearly flouting the rules which is exasperating.
  • Posted by Pedros143 September 23, 2021 at 17:28

    totally agree - it appeared that political pints were being scored instead of a common front to a very dangerous pandemic.. Confusion at the information being given , led to anxiety and distress that was un-needed. That, coupled with who gave certain instructions to who and when has led to mistrust at the continual obfuscation of the truth. We deserve better considering the extra cost we are carrying.
  • Posted by KazS September 24, 2021 at 10:19

    Personally I had no problem following the rules for Scotland. What should be looked at is the role of the media and others - did they provide clear, concise and appropriate information or did they promote confusion? Also scheduling of Scottish Coronavirus updates - when they were on, what Channel they were on and often cut off early.
  • Posted by Smith123 September 24, 2021 at 13:18

    Agree. Was there actually a need for 4 different approaches? Did this deviate from existing pandemic emergency plans ? The evaluation should be based on actual need, independent of politics.
  • Posted by sparklingsuzie64 September 24, 2021 at 15:44

    I certainly thought that it was all too political. Trying to say "we're doing better than you!" Information seemed to change all the time. Don't think the press coverage or the scientific advisers creating huge amount of hysteria helped either.
  • Posted by StuartMacfar September 28, 2021 at 16:22

    I agree, often there were differences in the four nations rules for what felt like trivial reasons, causing confusion in many.
  • Posted by Dizzy1 September 30, 2021 at 16:29

    Followed daily updates so always knew our rules, always felt our rules were better than England’s and felt our health was important to the govt here, didn’t get same feeling for England. I have family in England and they felt our Covid rules/daily updates were better than what they had
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