Following the First Minister’s statement this evening (Saturday 19 December), confirming a three week Tier 4 lockdown in Scotland from Boxing Day, Rhea Wolfson of the GMB Scotland Women’s Campaigns Unit said:
“The Scottish Government can’t wait until mid-January to roll out workplace testing for home carers - they need to find a way to bring this forward immediately.
“We can’t have 14,000 home carers in Scotland, supported only with PPE, working through a lockdown prompted by a more transmissible strain of COVID-19.
“Failure to act now to protect these key workers and their service users would be an exacerbation of the negligence they have already endured.”
Contact: GMB Scotland Communications on 07976 447077
Notes to Editors:
“Huge Support For Action In Home Care Services”, GMB Scotland Press Release, Friday 18th December, access at: <<https://www.gmbscotland.org.uk/newsroom/huge-support-for-action-in-home-care-services>>