Nicola Sturgeon was asked to explain why childcare unit staff in Glasgow is being asked to continue to head to work despite coming in close contact with a coronavirus patients. Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard confronted the First Minister after social carers expressed concerns about spreading the virus at home and at work if they are not allowed to self-isolate. Addressing Ms Sturgeon during FMQs, Mr Leonard said: “First Minister, I’ve been asked by workers in residential children’s units in Glasgow to raise with you their real concerns.
“They are being told to self-isolate at home because they have had close contact with a young resident who has tested positive for COVID-19.
“But they are also being instructed to continue to go to work.
“These staff have been sent letters saying that although they and their family households must self-isolate for 14 days, their place of work is being considered, and I quote, ‘as a second household setting’ by Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board and that they are part of, and I quote again, the ‘children’s unit bubble.'”
Mr Leonard continued: “This is not safe, and, in fact, it is a direct contravention of the guidance set out by Health Protection Scotland.
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“These frontline workers are anxious, they are concerned they may spread the virus to the people they care for, at home and at work.
“First Minister, what can you do to ensure that these residential childcare units in Glasgow allow staff to properly self-isolate when necessary and stick to the guidance of Health Protection Scotland?”
Nicola Strugeon admitted she was not aware of the specific case but would take time to study the reports.
She also reiterated her commitment to ensuring frontline workers are able to continue to provide their services while being able to access suitable testing and self-isolate if necessary.
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