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Re-start of Care Home Visits

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Precarious balance between compassion and safety ahead of care home visit re-start, as GMB asks for worker assurances.

Ahead of the re-start of indoor visits to care homes across Scotland next week (Monday 1 March), Rhea Wolfson of GMB Scotland’s Women’s Campaign Unit said:

“The balance between compassion and safety is precarious at this moment. Confidence is fragile among care home workers and there can be no room for complacency.

“That’s why ahead of the return to care home visits GMB has asked the Scottish Government to ensure the delivery of three basic provisions:

  • Safe levels of staffing provision in homes.
  • A whistleblowing facility for worker safety.
  • Stringent enforcement of government safety guidelines.

“Everyone wants to see families reunited but government and employers owe a great debt to these key workers after the last year, and it’s important their voices are now being heard.”


Contact: Rhea Wolfson, GMB Scotland Women’s Campaign Unit, on 07850 575023 or GMB Scotland Communications on 07976 447077.