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Amnesty International urge Health Secretary to publish report on Covid patients sent to care homes

© Fraser Bremner/Scottish Daily Mail/PA WireHealth Secretary Jeane Freeman
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman

Human rights organisation Amnesty International has written to Jeane Freeman urging her to publish a report detailing how many patients were sent into care homes after testing positive.

The Health Minister promised the report after the The Post revealed dozens of patients had been discharged despite positive tests to clear NHS beds in the weeks before and after lockdown.

However, the report by Public Health Scotland has been delayed until the end of this month.

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The Post revealed dozens of patients who had tested positive for the virus were moved to care homes in Scotland as part of a drive to free beds amid fears hospitals would be overwhelmed.

A report by Public Health Scotland detailing the extent of the problem and due at the end of last month has been delayed due to “data quality issues”.

Amnesty’s Scotland programme director, Naomi McAuliffe, said: “We have written to the Health Secretary Jeane Freeman urging her to ensure there is no further delay in releasing the findings – it is vital that evidence relating to Scotland’s handling of the pandemic in care home settings is promptly published and lessons are learned.”