22 April 2020

Statistics published this afternoon have revealed that, as of the 19th April, there has been a total of 1,616 deaths related to coronavirus in Scotland.

Of these coronavirus-related deaths, a third (33 per cent and 537 total), have been recorded in care homes.

In light of this information, Scottish Labour is urging the Scottish Government to produce a proper contingency plan for Scotland’s care homes.

This week it has been reported that 15 residents have died at a care home in Dumbarton, and yesterday 13 deaths were reported at a care home in Edinburgh. 6 deaths have been reported at Kingswells care home in Aberdeen and “a number of deaths” have been reported at Fairview House care home in Bridge of Don.

Commenting, Scottish Labour Leader Richard Leonard said:

“Over the last few weeks we have all seen just how much we owe to our care workers and the amount of vital, hard work that takes place in Scotland’s care homes.

“Despite this, we have seen tragically high numbers of deaths among care home residents from coronavirus, and serious and persistent issues surrounding PPE availability and now levels of staffing in care homes.

“When the Scottish Government realised the pressure that the NHS would be put under by coronavirus they reacted swiftly by developing the NHS Louisa Jordan. Why then is there no similar collective effort to provide a contingency plan for Scotland’s care homes?

“Scottish Labour is today calling on the Scottish Government to listen to the concerns of care workers and their representatives, and of care home residents and their families, to give additional support to those running, and working in, care homes, and to put in place an appropriate contingency plan for Scotland’s care homes”
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