Stop delaying and act, Humza Yousaf urged

Humza Yousaf has been urged to act quickly to allow an exemption on quarantine travel rules so that a dying father can see his daughter.

After pressure from the Scottish Conservatives, the SNP Health Secretary agreed on Saturday night to re-examine the Soutar family’s case with the “urgency it requires.”

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 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."

On Saturday, Douglas Ross called for a u-turn and branded the decision “heartless.”

Scottish Conservative Leader Douglas Ross said: “I’m glad Humza Yousaf has at least agreed to re-examine this case but a decision has to be made quickly before it’s too late.

“Every hour of delay makes this tragic situation worse for the Soutar family and risks leaving Laura without a last chance to hug her father.

“Too many people throughout this pandemic have had to suffer the pain of losing a loved one without being by their side.

“At this stage in the pandemic, there is no case for such a harsh and frankly cold-hearted decision. The SNP Government has to be more flexible and treat Laura’s plea for an exemption as a compassionate circumstance.

“I urge Humza Yousaf to show some leadership, stop wasting time and reverse this insensitive decision now.”


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