Shetland’s MSP, Beatrice Wishart, has today pressed the First Minister on the re-opening of adult day care and respite services, following reports that their re-opening has been stalled.
After months of bearing the full burden of care for adults with complex needs, and despite the Scottish Government’s acceptance that services should be able to resume, families are still not able to access the support they need.
Ms Wishart noted that one constituent had told her that “we always get left behind”.
In response, the First Minister said that she would look into the issue and try to address any unnecessary delays so that the services could resume as soon as possible.
Commenting, Ms Wishart said:
“The past few months have been intense and challenging for many of these families. Even the most simple tasks, like taking a shower, can become impossible without respite.
“Families have done what they can to manage complex situations because the pandemic demanded it. But now that communities are beginning to re-open, they need a break.
“I am glad that the First Minister is now going to give this issue the attention it needs, so that services can get up and running as soon as is safely possible.”