Thu 14 Jan, 2021

Considering that the coronavirus attacks the lungs and those with poor respiratory health are particularly vulnerable, there appears to be a concerning lack of data around diagnosis Mark Ruskell

Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell has called for more urgency from the Scottish Government on the Respiratory Care Action Plan at a time when more than 80,000 Scots are shielding from COVID-19 because of lung disease.

At First Minister’s Questions Mr Ruskell raised the fact that Nicola Sturgeon announced that the plan was being finalised in her programme for government but there has been no updates since.

The First Minister did not provide an update.

Speaking afterwards, Mark Ruskell said: “Considering that the coronavirus attacks the lungs and those with poor respiratory health are particularly vulnerable, there appears to be a concerning lack of data around diagnosis, yet we know the respiratory group is the greatest number of people placed on the COVID-19 shielding list.

“It’s clear a robust Respiratory Care Action Plan for Scotland on this care pathway is urgently needed, and I hope progress hasn’t been slowed at a time when it is needed more than ever.”

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