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

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The First Minister:

First, I pay tribute to the contribution that home care workers make. It is very difficult to convey properly to them our appreciation for everything that they do. I know that any decisions that they might take on industrial action would absolutely not be taken lightly, and I hope that we will be in a position where they will not feel that that is necessary.

That does not require an intervention from me. We have already set out the plans for the testing of home care workers; they will get under way this month. I include myself when I say that we all want such processes to happen more quickly and for us to be able to go faster. There have been limitations because of the availability of technology, including the use of lateral flow technology. We are making great progress on that, and our plans will accelerate. I will be happy to ask the health secretary to set out afresh later this week exact details of the roll-out plans for testing of home care workers.