9 April 2020

Commenting on reports that the Scottish Government has now advised that care workers should be issued with further protective equipment including face masks, Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard said:

“This is welcome news and a victory for care workers and the trade unions who represent them.

“We welcome the Scottish Government's response in rescinding the letter from the Chief Nursing Officer which undermined the previously agreed guidance.

“Care workers and service users have been put at risk by the failure to provide adequate protective equipment. Never again should workers in this vital sector be treated so poorly.

“It is right that the Scottish Government has listened on this, and work must continue to ensure there is an adequate supply of the right personal protective equipment for all frontline workers.”
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