UNISON, the public services union, has given a strong welcome to Friday’s announcement by Nicola Sturgeon that priority testing is to be extended to homecare workers.
UNISON’s research in August revealed that many care at home workers had never been tested and infection rates among workers were running at 8%. Many knew service users who had died.
Peter Hunter UNISON Regional Manager said: “It is clear that homecare workers face a massive infection risk. They work in multiple domestic settings that are a known risk factor and they travel from house to house. For vulnerable service users, workers and the families this is a vital breakthrough that reflects UNISON’s call for testing. It will be a vital tool in saving lives and maintaining vital frontline services for the most vulnerable people in Scotland.
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