FMQs LIVE: Ross handed open goal – Sturgeon faces ‘criminal charges’ over horror blunder

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At least 1,300 patients were sent to care homes in March and April last year, in an attempt to free up hospital beds. A lawyer representing some of the people whose family members died in care homes has said it is ‘entirely feasible’ that Ms Sturgeon and the former minister could face charges over the matter. This leaves an open goal for Scottish Conservative leader, Douglass Ross.


Solicitor expresses concerns over handling of care homes

A solicitor has expressed his concerns over the apparent failure to introduce appropriate measures to tackle Covid infections in care homes. 

Lady Poole, a senator of the College of Justice of Scotland, will chair an inquiry into the handling of the pandemic, which will include an inquiry into the handling of care homes. 

Peter Watson, of PBW Law said: “On behalf of the families who lost loved ones in care homes as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, we welcome the announcement that there will be an inquiry led by Lady Poole.

“The crucial aspect of this inquiry is the fact that the Lord Advocate has the power to determine if any crimes have been committed.

“The instruction to transfer patients from hospitals back into care homes without any risk assessment, testing, or understanding of the consequences will be an area of particular concern to bereaved families.

“The First Minister and former cabinet secretary for health have previously admitted that mistakes were made. It is entirely feasible that criminal charges may be brought.

“We have reported our concerns in the past and will continue to press the Crown for answers.”

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