29 April 2020

The UK and Scottish governments have failed the most vulnerable in our society Scottish Labour has said today, as new figures reveal that half of COVID-19 deaths in Scotland last week occurred in care homes. Statistics published today by the National Records of Scotland have revealed that the number of deaths from coronavirus in Scotland rose to 2,272 by the 26th of April. 886 of these deaths, accounting for 39 per cent overall, were in Scottish care homes.

In the last week the proportion of COVID-19 deaths in care homes rose to 51.5 per cent.

From the outset of the pandemic Scottish Labour has called for the Scottish Government to heed the advice of the WHO over testing and exert all efforts possible to expand testing and the availability of PPE.

Yesterday at First Minister’s Questions Richard Leonard raised the need to repeatedly test care staff for coronavirus as called for by the European Union Centre for Disease Control.

Commenting, Scottish Labour Leader Richard Leonard said:

“ There has been progress made in recent days on testing and PPE, but today’s awful news is the result of government failure weeks ago.

“Both the UK and Scottish Governments have failed our care home population and have put the most vulnerable in our society and those who care for them at risk.

“ Yesterday Professor Pennington called the UK and Scottish Government’s decision to ignore the WHO testing advice a “policy error”. Today we have the grim confirmation that he was correct.

“Everything must now be done to rapidly expand testing and the availability of PPE: with the social care sector the top priority.”

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