Rhoda Grant MSP calls for lessons to be learned as 104 die from Covid in the region’s care homes

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Rhoda Grant has called for lessons to be learned as statistics have revealed the number Covid-related deaths in care homes across the Highlands and Islands. (including Moray)

Statistics from the Care Inspectorate have revealed that between 16th of March 2020 and the 21st of March 2021, 104 Covid-related deaths were recorded in care homes across the region.

All 104 Covid-related deaths were recorded in care homes that exist solely for the care of older people.

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Rhoda Grant has called for lessons to be learned from the tragic deaths so that the people of the Highlands and Islands are kept safe in any future pandemic.

Commenting, Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Rhoda Grant said:  

“What happened in Scotland’s care homes during the pandemic was a tragedy.

“Those responsible in government must be held to account and lessons must be learned.

“Our heroic care home and NHS staff went above and beyond during the pandemic, and our relative low numbers of deaths compared to other regions is testament to their work.

“However, the 104 Covid-related deaths that occurred in Highlands and Islands care homes were tragic.

“But not only must those responsible be held to account, we also need reform of our care system and a National Care Service.

“That’s why Scottish Labour will continue to fight for the people of the Highlands and Islands and I will continue to call for reform of our care system.”