Scottish Greens call for routine health and care testing

Sat 25 Apr, 2020

Scottish Greens have today published a proposal calling for hospital and care workers who are on the frontline of the Covid-19 pandemic to be given routine tests regardless of whether they are showing symptoms.

Scottish Greens Parliamentary Co-Leader Alison Johnstone MSP explained that the proposal would address concerns that infected health and care workers who are pre-symptomatic, asymptomatic or suffering mild symptoms may be spreading Covid-19 to patients and others.

Action needed to protect clean air say Greens

Fri 24 Apr, 2020

Action is needed from the Scottish Government to prevent a surge in air pollution when lockdown is lifted, said Scottish Greens Environment Spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP this afternoon.

Speaking at a virtual questions session Mr Ruskell highlighted the huge improvement in air quality in towns and cities since emergency measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus were introduced, warning that access to clean air is vital as the lockdown is lifted.

Mark Ruskell MSP said:

More detail needed from Scottish Govt on testing framework

Thu 23 Apr, 2020

The Scottish Government’s framework for tackling the Covid19 crisis will require further commitments to utilise Scotland’s testing capacity, the Scottish Greens have said.

Greens call for government to cover nursing fees

Thu 23 Apr, 2020

The Scottish Greens have called on the Scottish Government to demonstrate its appreciation for Scotland’s nurses by covering their 2020 professional registration fees.

Nurses and midwives in Scotland are required to pay an annual registration fee of £120 to the Nursing and Midwifery Council, but Scottish Greens Parliamentary Co-Leader Alison Johnstone MSP has called on the First Minister to cover that cost this year as a small token of appreciation for the role these professionals are playing in the fight against coronavirus.

Alison Johnstone MSP said:

FM must use daily briefing to outline testing strategy

Wed 22 Apr, 2020

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon should use her daily coronavirus strategy to outline the Scottish Government’s testing strategy, the Scottish Greens have said.

At yesterday’s First Minister’s Questions, Sturgeon conceded to Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie that Scotland was not using its full testing capacity. This follows repeated warnings by experts and the World Health Organisation that testing, tracing contacts and isolating positive cases is fundamental to beating the virus.

Coronavirus Crisis: time for Basic Income in Scotland?

Gavin Corbett Wed 22 Apr, 2020

A couple of years ago I wrote about how the idea of a Citizens Basic Income (CBI) had become fashionable after decades on the fringes.  As part of that new interest, in 2017, Green MSPs secured a funding commitment from the Scottish Government to carry out a feasibility exercise into how a CBI could be trialled in Scotland.  As a councillor in one of the 4 councils (Edinburgh) involved in the feasibility exercise I have been on the sounding board for the work, along with my fellow Green cou

Support needed for early release prisoners

Tue 21 Apr, 2020

Any prisoners released as part of emergency coronavirus measures must get full support to reintegrate into society, the Scottish Greens have said.

Scottish Green justice spokesperson John Finnie welcomed the announcement that some prisoners are set to be released early as part of emergency coronavirus measures.

Economic recovery must reflect a new normal

Tue 21 Apr, 2020

Economic recovery after the coronavirus crisis needs a determination not to repeat past mistakes, the Scottish Greens have said

The comments come after Scotland’s chief economist described the ongoing pandemic as an ‘economic crisis’ in his report.

At First Minister’s Questions, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie raised the fact that Nicola Sturgeon has already acknowledged there can be no return to normal and that any recovery must build a “fairer, greener and more equal society”.

SQA grades plan provides more questions than answers

Tue 21 Apr, 2020

Plans announced today by the SQA for issuing qualifications in the absence of this year’s exams provide ‘more questions than answers’, according to the Scottish Greens.

The statement from the exams authority instructs teachers not only to provide estimate grades for their students but to also rank the students in their class by ability, to ‘help SQA make differentiated adjustments where appropriate to the estimates for the benefit of candidates’.

Scottish Greens comment on attainment stats

Mon 20 Apr, 2020

Commenting on statistics published in The Times newspaper that reveal a correlation between wealthier postcodes and pupils leaving school with far more Higher qualifications, Scottish Greens Education Spokesperson Ross Greer MSP said: