Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today unveiled his party’s five-point plan for supporting front line health and social care staff through the coronavirus crisis, including expanding mental health support for frontline staff, expanded provision of personal protective equipment and a £29 per day active duty allowance.
Commenting on the proposals, Mr Cole-Hamilton said:
“Like most people, I join the clap for carers on Thursday but that alone is hardly just reward for what we are asking them to do.
“Day after day, our NHS and care staff are on the frontline, putting their lives at risk to keep us safe and care for the critically ill. Yet alarmingly, many aren’t getting the support they need.
“That’s why the Scottish Liberal Democrats are calling for a comprehensive support package for frontline workers - to give them the support and recognition they deserve.
“These proposals are designed to address some of the most common issues that I have had raised with me by health and social care staff as well as provided a degree of support, reassurance and comfort for them and their families.
“I hope that the Scottish Government will accept the principles laid out in this package of proposals and work with us to deliver for our front line health and social care staff.”