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COVID-19 Committee 28 July 2020 [Draft] : 28 July 2020 View PDF version
The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport (Jeane Freeman)

Good morning. This is my first appearance before the COVID-19 Committee, and I am grateful for the opportunity to be here. I will be brief, because I am sure that...

COVID-19 Committee 28 July 2020 [Draft] : 28 July 2020 View PDF version
Jeane Freeman

I will answer your last point first: no, the powers have not been used up to this point. The powers are exceptional, and they are there to allow us to act swiftly...

COVID-19 Committee 28 July 2020 [Draft] : 28 July 2020 View PDF version
Jeane Freeman

I will make a couple of points in response. First, I have not seen those reports, and more importantly I have not seen the evidence to back them. I briefly saw th...

COVID-19 Committee 28 July 2020 [Draft] : 28 July 2020 View PDF version
Jeane Freeman

Those are important questions. The fund is, in effect, currently operating in real time. My officials regularly engage directly with COSLA, the unions and employe...

COVID-19 Committee 28 July 2020 [Draft] : 28 July 2020 View PDF version
Jeane Freeman

That is a very important area. I share your view that the pandemic has highlighted a number of issues in the provision of adult social care, some of which the Gov...

COVID-19 Committee 28 July 2020 [Draft] : 28 July 2020 View PDF version
Jeane Freeman

Yes. We know the number of care homes across Scotland, and the mix of private, local authority and third or independent sector providers. We also have the Care In...

COVID-19 Committee 28 July 2020 [Draft] : 28 July 2020 View PDF version
Jeane Freeman

Information on the number of Covid-related deaths—where Covid is either the cause of death or a factor on the death certificate—is reported weekly by National Records of Scotland. That repor...

COVID-19 Committee 28 July 2020 [Draft] : 28 July 2020 View PDF version
Jeane Freeman

I will say a little, then I will ask one of my legal colleagues, Claire Meikle, to respond in a bit more detail.

COVID-19 Committee 28 July 2020 [Draft] : 28 July 2020 View PDF version
Jeane Freeman

No, I do not accept that at all. If Scottish ministers acted to use the powers, they would be accountable to Parliament for their actions. I am sure—in fact, I am...

COVID-19 Committee 28 July 2020 [Draft] : 28 July 2020 View PDF version
Jeane Freeman

As the committee will know, the Government as a whole reaches a view about the various phases of easing lockdown through the process that we set out in relation t...

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