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GMB Slams “Shameful” Scottish Government Update On Home Care Testing

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

GMB Slams “Shameful” Scottish Government Update On Home Care Testing

Responding to the Scottish Government Health Secretary Jeane Freeman’s statement to parliament this afternoon (Wednesday 25 November), confirming that COVID-19 testing for home care workers will be “phased-in from mid-January”, Rhea Wolfson of GMB Scotland’s Women’s Campaign Unit said:

“This is a shameful admission from the Scottish Government. Our members delivering home care services across the country will be outraged to be left at the back of the queue again.

“In all probability it will be March 2021 before every home care worker has testing at work and staff could very well be receiving their vaccinations before they ever receive a test.

“Last March the First Minister told us that Scotland was prepared for this pandemic and that Scotland had among the best testing capacity in the world. This was a tissue of lies.

“COVID has exposed how poorly Scotland’s carers are valued and today’s statement is the equivalent of kicking an exhausted workforce when they are already down.”


Contact: GMB Scotland Communications on 07976 447077.