Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 4th January 2021.

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Photo of Anas Sarwar Anas Sarwar Labour

I do not like the measures that the First Minister has just announced, but I say unequivocally that I understand the need for them and I support them. It is clear that, for our country, vaccines are the way out of this crisis. However, 10 months on from its start, we still have issues with the mass testing regime, which does not inspire confidence in our mass vaccination programme. This morning I spoke to home carers in Glasgow and their representatives, the GMB union. They told me that, sadly, the Government’s rhetoric does not meet the reality. The union has been forced to ballot its members, 93 per cent of whom have said that they are considering taking strike action in the city. Those home carers are not making such a decision lightly. They care about their own health, that of their families and of those for whom they care. Can we therefore have an urgent intervention from the First Minister herself to sort out testing for home carers in Glasgow and across the country, which will also help us to inspire confidence in our vaccination programme?