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Ms Sturgeon was addressing calls for an immediate public inquiry into the impact of the coronavirus crisis on care homes in Scotland. The SNP leader was noticeably put off by the mobile phone ringing which went on for a number of seconds.
Ms Sturgeon said: “There will be a full public inquiry when the time for that is right, when we have got the country through this next stage of Covid.”
She added: “I don’t expect any grieving family to think they have all the answers to the questions they have in this report, I want to do everything we can to provide those answers.
“These grieving families and care homes is probably the first thing I think about when I wake up in the morning and the last thing I think about before I go to sleep.”
The SNP leader said later: “I am sorry for any error that I have made in this, I’ve said that many times before.
“I’m not carefully choosing my words – I probably don’t have the capacity to do that at the moment.
“I am trying to be as frank as possible and we’ve got things wrong and we will continue to try to put that right, and we will have all of the normal processes of accountability.”
Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard said: “The crisis in our care homes didn’t just have one cause, the lack of PPE, despite warning after warning, the lack of testing of care home staff, despite warning after warning, years of underfunding, despite warning after warning.”
Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Conservative Party’s Holyrood Leader also launched an attack on Scotland’s First Minister, during FMQs.
Ms Davidson said: “When somebody tested positive for COVID before being transferred to a care home, the report said that the best estimate was a 45 percent increase in the risk of an outbreak.
“But because of the wide variation, the risk could have been much higher.
“In fact the report says it could have been as high as 374 percent.
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“A 374 percent increase in risk of seeing Covid rip through a care home.
“This is exactly why we need the public inquiry to start now because there is so much we still don’t know.”
More than 100 people who had tested positive for COVID-19 were discharged from hospitals into care homes without first receiving a negative test, according to the Public Health Scotland study.
A total of 113 people were moved between March 1 and May 31 although they had not received a negative test before they were transferred, the study shows.
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