Bellgrove Hotel (Streptococcus Infections)

– in the Scottish Parliament on 21st December 2017.

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Photo of John Mason John Mason Scottish National Party

I think that the First Minister is familiar with the Bellgrove hotel in my constituency, which is allegedly a private hotel but is in fact a large, privately run homeless hostel. What is the Government’s response to reports that there has been an outbreak of group A streptococcus infections at the Bellgrove hotel?

Photo of Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon Scottish National Party

First, I understand that the report that there has been an outbreak of necrotising fasciitis is inaccurate, but that the prevalence of group A strep infections is putting residents at risk of that condition, which in itself is, of course, hugely concerning.

It is important to remember that the Bellgrove is not typical of homeless accommodation in Scotland. However, we are working closely with Glasgow City Council on the issue and on improving the service for some of our most vulnerable people. The recently formed homelessness and rough sleeping action group is looking directly at how we can transform services for people who are homeless. In addition, we have established a £50 million ending homelessness together fund, which will run from the start of the next financial year, to help us to drive change and improvement.