Cole-Hamilton calls for action to support NHS and care workers

Responding to confirmation from the First Minister that 11 NHS and social care staff have died of coronavirus, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

"The country owes a massive debt to all of the NHS and care staff who are working so hard to keep us safe. Too many of them have paid with their lives.

"However our thoughts and prayers are not enough. It's time for concrete action to alleviate the pressure on our NHS workers. That means proper mental health support for frontline staff, an additional deployment allowance of £29 per day on active duty and for ministers to agree a generous death in service scheme for all those who lose their lives protecting others.

On the news that last week more people died of coronavirus in care homes than in hospitals, Mr Cole-Hamilton said:

"Care staff are demonstrating incredible resilience and commitment to safeguard the most vulnerable in our society against this horrible disease. 

"They urgently need a massive increase in care home testing so that when a Covid-19 case is diagnosed in any care home all residents and staff are immediately tested." 

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