Thousands of Scots stand ready to help an NHS volunteering scheme, and the SNP government should waste no time in setting one up, the Scottish Conservatives have said.
Yesterday, UK health secretary Matt Hancock announced an initiative which allows members of the public to help out hospitals and patients with a range of tasks.
However, the plan which will ease pressure on the NHS amid the coronavirus pandemic is only on offer in England.
Now shadow health secretary Miles Briggs has called on the Scottish Government to create a similar scheme north of the border.
The project means ordinary people - so long as they’re showing no signs of Covid-19 - can help with tasks like transporting medicine and equipment, and helping with deliveries for those who are self-isolating.
Scottish Conservative shadow health secretary Miles Briggs said:
“So far, both the Scottish and UK governments have worked really well together as we face this unprecedented crisis.
“Now this volunteering scheme has been set up for England, this would be another good way for both to collaborate.
“Thousands of Scots would have seen this announcement and immediately looked into it, only to find it was just those living south of the border who could get involved.
“Hopefully now the Scottish Government will follow suit and harness the amazing goodwill that is out there.
“Ordinary people are desperate to help out our amazing NHS at this crucial time.
“Scots help out fellow Scots when they are facing tough times. That’s just how Scotland works and that’s exactly what we are all going to have to do.”
Notes to editors:
Details of the English scheme can be seen here: