First Minister challenged on testing and public health

Wed 13 May, 2020

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has yet to commit to regular testing of frontline NHS and care staff for COVID-19, despite the proposal being backed by experts, including Sir Harry Burns, the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.

At FMQs Scottish Greens parliamentary co-leader Alison Johnstone raised the results of new research into testing at a Cambridge hospital, which found a significant number of staff had COVID-19 without displaying any symptoms. 

Cooperation key to ensure adequate death investigations

Wed 13 May, 2020

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. 

Greens back calls for more cash for struggling families

Wed 13 May, 2020

Scottish Greens have backed calls from poverty campaigners to get more financial support quickly to families struggling during the CIVID-19 lockdown.

Furlough announcement creates further uncertainty

Tue 12 May, 2020

Responding to the announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the furlough scheme this afternoon, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP said:

“While I welcome the Chancellor’s huge U-turn on furlough, backing down from suggestions that he would immediately lower the rate of these essential payments, his announcement today will create further uncertainty and anxieties.

Scottish Greens respond to Prime Minister 

Sun 10 May, 2020

Responding to the Prime Minister’s address this evening, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP said: 

“The Prime Minister’s decision to effectively rip up the four nations response to Covid19 is reckless. His newly adopted slogan is vague and risks muddying the waters at a time when clarity is required to save lives.  

Scottish Greens respond to change of Covid19 guidance

Sun 10 May, 2020

Responding to the First Minister’s statement this afternoon, Scottish Greens Parliamentary Co-Leader Alison Johnstone MSP said: 

“I welcome confirmation from the First Minister that the Scottish Government will update its guidance to allow additional exercise. This will provide huge benefits for physical and mental health and will come as a particular relief to those without their own garden. 

SQA exam plans may be illegal

Sun 10 May, 2020

Scotland’s equality regulator has raised concerns with the SQA’s proposals to 'moderate' pupil's grades based on their school’s previous performance, prompting fears the plans could be illegal. 

Scottish Greens Education Spokesperson Ross Greer MSP challenged the SQA on the issue at Parliament’s Education Committee, highlighting the exam body’s failure to adequately asses the equality impact of its proposal.

Ross Greer MSP said: 

Johnson must not undermine public health 

Sun 10 May, 2020

Speaking ahead of the Prime Minister’s anticipated speech on Sunday evening, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP said: 

“Last week the UK claimed the unenviable position of having the highest number of Covid19 deaths in Europe. Despite this it’s been suggested that Boris Johnson plans to drastically rollback lifesaving lockdown measures to appease his backbenchers. 

Finland UBI success can pave way for Scotland

Fri 8 May, 2020

The success of trials of the Universal Basic Income scheme in Finland can pave the way for Scotland to implement the idea, the Scottish Greens have said.

Public health experts back Scottish Green proposals on testing

Fri 8 May, 2020

Former chief medical officer and respected public health professor Sir Harry Burns has indicated his support for Scottish Green proposals to routinely test health and care workers.