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Covid-19 Update

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 3rd March 2020.

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Photo of Alison Johnstone Alison Johnstone Green

I thank the cabinet secretary for advance sight of her statement and for her on-going communication on the issues involved.

The symptoms of Covid-19 are similar to those for other respiratory illnesses, which might result in increased contact between patients and GPs in their practices. Can the cabinet secretary confirm how the Scottish Government plans to reassure people who are concerned and ensure that support is available to GPs so that they do not become overloaded? The cabinet secretary has touched on the issue of unpaid carers, but they are very concerned about the impact of their absence, if they have to self-isolate, on the person who they look after. In addition, what consideration has been given to those on zero-hours contracts and in insecure work, who will receive no pay whatsoever if they are absent?