Responding to the Cabinet Secretary for Health’s statement on care homes, Scottish Labour deputy leader Jackie Baillie said: “The crisis in Scotland’s care homes has been exacerbated by a patchwork approach to tackling Covid-19, with constantly changing guidance.
“We are relieved the Scottish Government has listened to calls from experts and Scottish Labour to expand testing to every care home. But we need a clear timetable for care home testing as a matter of urgency. This must include a date by which testing facilities have been taken to every care home in Scotland.
“The Cabinet Secretary has conceded that at a time when people were dying in their hundreds in care homes, the Care Inspectorate adopted a light-touch approach. The reality is that the Care Inspectorate has been posted missing during this crisis, and this is confirmed by the Cabinet Secretary’s statement that inspections have only just recommenced.”