Responding to a statement from the Lord Advocate to parliament this afternoon, Scottish Greens Justice Spokesperson John Finnie MSP said:
“I welcome confirmation from the Lord Advocate that deaths in care homes and those of people who are believed to have contracted Covid19 at their workplace will now be reported to the Crown Office.
“It’s essential that frontline workers are offered every protection in their workplace, and investigation must take place if there is any doubt that hasn’t been the case.
“It’s vital that residents in care homes, some of our most vulnerable citizens, are offered the highest levels of protection. Indeed the Scottish Greens have proposed regular testing of workers and residents in care homes to identify cases and slow the spread of the virus, it’s clear this must happen now.
“The Crown will be required to work collaboratively with the Health and Safety Executive, the Care Inspectorate and other appropriate bodies and I welcome the Lord Advocate’s commitment that he will seek to proceed in such a manner.”