Call for National Day of Mourning

Wednesday July 8th 2020

Scottish Parliament

Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Kirstie Topp

Scottish Care has received support for its plans to hold a National Day of Mourning and Remembrance for all those impacted by Covid-19.

Chief executive of Scottish Care, Dr Donald Macaskill, has written to all members of the Scottish Parliament to ask them to agree in principle to the idea of a day to mourn all those who have died and remember those who have worked tirelessly to care for others.

The plans have been backed by Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP who said: “From health and care workers serving on the front line to the families of patients unable to spend the last hours with their loved ones, Covid-19 has taken a huge toll on our nation.

“It is only right that we take time to reflect on what our country has been through, thank those whose hard work and diligence has allowed us to glimpse chinks of light in the dark and mourn all of those who have passed away.

“Alongside a day of mourning and remembrance, there is also serious work to be done to boost the pay and conditions of those in the health and care sectors and learn lessons from what has taken place. We are not out of the woods yet.”

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