Shetland’s MSP, Beatrice Wishart, has again today called on the Scottish Government to prioritise the re-opening of adult day care and respite services, to give families of those with complex needs a break.
Ms Wishart raised this issue two weeks ago, and was promised detail by the First Minister “very soon”. However, the guidance is still pending which prompted Ms Wishart to again ask the First Minister for further clarity ahead of a resumption.
Responding, the First Minister acknowledged the need for resumption, and said that she would ask the Health Secretary to look again at the issue so that services could get up and running as soon as possible.
Commenting following the exchange, Ms Wishart said:
“These support services are not a luxury – they are an absolute necessity. I understand it’s not easy, but families need this support now. Many feel like they’ve been forgotten about during this pandemic, and that’s just not acceptable.
“They have stepped up, and done what they can in extremely difficult circumstances. Now the Scottish Government needs to do the same, so that families can take a break safely soon and routines for users for the adult day care services can be re-established.
“Hopefully there is now a little light at the end of the tunnel, and guidance issued soon will mean that services can get up and running as soon as is safely possible.”