VIRUS: STURGEON STANDS BY JEANE FREEMAN

Tories call for resignation over over wrong patient transfer numbers

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Jeane Freeman

By Democrat reporter

The Scottish Conservatives have asked for the resignation of Jeane Freeman after it emerged far more elderly people were discharged from hospitals without testing than was first revealed.

In mid-April Ms Freeman said about 900 “delayed discharge” patients had left hospital, primarily to return to their own home.

But the Scottish government now admits this was the figure released to care homes – and another 1,500 were released to their own homes.

The Scottish Tory health spokesman Miles Briggs said the health secretary had lost the confidence of the public.

But the first minister rejected the call, saying Ms Freeman has her “absolute confidence”.

“I believe she should and does have the confidence of the public. She has been literally for three months working round the clock to make sure this crisis is managed in the best way possible,” she told Reporting Scotland.

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