Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 22nd December 2020.

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The First Minister:

We have already committed to a public inquiry, and the health secretary is progressing the plans for that. No public inquiry on any issue can simply be set up overnight. There are matters that take time to get right, including the appointment of the judge who will oversee it, the remit and all the other preparatory actions.

As, I think, the chief executive of Scottish Care said not that long ago, those are all really important matters, but nothing matters more right now than dealing with the daily reality of the pandemic. That matters for vulnerable people in our care homes, it matters for the relatives and it matters to the whole country, and that is what I am going to keep my focus and my Government’s focus on, 100 per cent of the time, right now.