Jason Leitch 'deleted' pandemic WhatsApps say reports

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SCOTLAND’S clinical director deleted electronic messages he sent during the pandemic, according to reports.

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Professor Jason Leitch’s WhatsApp messages cannot be handed over to official inquiries because he deleted them every day, The Times reports.

On Leitch, a Scottish Government spokesperson said: “As the first minister has said, anyone - ministers or civil servants, including clinicians - are committed to co-operating fully with the Covid-19 inquiries. This includes providing any requested material in their possession.

In her closing remarks at Thursday’s hearing, inquiry chair Lady Hallett said: “It will not surprise anyone to learn that I am very concerned about the difficulties that the Module 2A team have encountered in obtaining the material they need to ensure a thorough and rigorous analysis of key decision-making in Scotland during the worst stages of the pandemic.”

The submission also “respectfully disagreed” with the assertion that the Scottish Government’s position on WhatsApp is “incomplete”.

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