‘Heartless’ SNP must u-turn to allow dying father to see daughter

The SNP must u-turn and exempt a daughter from quarantine travel rules so she can return home faster to visit her dying father, the Scottish Conservatives have said.

BBC Scotland have reported that Iain Soutar, from Milngavie, is receiving palliative care after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

His daughter Laura is reportedly living in the United Arab Emirates, designated a red list country, meaning she has to first quarantine for 10 days in a government-approved hotel on arrival in Scotland.

The story states that Laura “hoped the government would allow her to speed up the process by flying in via the Balearic Islands, which are currently on the green list.”

Laura’s sister Rebecca is quoted. She said: "We have been told my dad has just days and it's adding extra stress on to an already horrendous time.”

The Scottish Government apparently sent the Soutar family a letter stating: "We have considered all the circumstances presented in your daughter's case and we cannot agree to an exemption."

Scottish Conservative Leader Douglas Ross said: “This is a heartbreaking case and the government has to be more flexible in situations like this, particularly at this late stage of the pandemic.

“There are times where it’s right to make an exemption and this is undoubtedly one of those rare instances.

“I want to ask Nicola Sturgeon and Humza Yousaf a direct question - if this tragic situation does not qualify as compassionate circumstances, then what possibly does?

“Refusing to give Laura the chance to hug her father and be with her family throughout this difficult time is heartless. This decision must be changed immediately, before it’s too late.”

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Story here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-57866679

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