Cole-Hamilton demands answers to hard questions on patient mobilisation


Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called for answers from the government on vulnerable older people being moved from hospital settings to care homes.

Mr Cole-Hamilton highlighted information in the minutes of the meeting of the Scottish Government’s Covid-19 advisory group on 2nd April 2020 which reveals that experts were still discussing trying to understand the transmission of the virus in hospitals at the same time as patients were being moved out of them to care homes.

Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

“The minutes of the Health Secretary’s expert group meeting pose huge questions.  

“Why were the Scottish Government mobilising older vulnerable people out of hospitals and into care homes in huge numbers when experts were still trying to ascertain how the virus was being transmitted within hospitals.  

“We know that care homes were raising problems and were not properly equipped to deal with potentially infected people arriving.

“These are hard questions, but the government owes care home residents, staff and worried family members clear and honest answers.”


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