Labour Health and Social Care spokesperson Monica Lennon and LibDem leader Willie Rennie.

By Democrat reporter

Care home residents will be allowed to hug family members under new guidelines to be announced this week.

Scottish Labour health and social care spokesperson, Monica Lennon said: “It may seem like a small thing but the act of a hug from a son, daughter, husband or wife can make an immeasurable difference.

“Relatives of care home residents have made their voices loud and clear – and Scottish Labour has championed them in Parliament. This victory is testament to their determination and tenacity.

“Scottish Labour will continue to work with families and the care sector to ensure these changes can be made as soon as possible. We must do everything possible to avoid a winter of hell and loneliness in Scotland’s care homes. Family caregivers must be at the heart of these plans.”

Speaking in response to the reports that Scottish ministers are considering changes to care home visiting rules, the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie said: “I have raised this in parliament with the First Minister twice and had detailed discussions with ministers.

“This report of movement towards better access for families is a big step in the right direction but it has been talked about for weeks, so it needs to happen without further delay. 

“I have urged the Health Secretary and the First Minister in Parliament to fix this quickly as the damage on elderly people that limiting access for families has is considerable. 

“The campaigners deserve full credit for their efforts to get government to shift and I will do all i can to deliver this change quickly.”







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