During First Minister’s Questions, Scottish Labour Party leader Richard Leonard grilled the SNP leader on her Government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Ms Sturgeon argued that the SNP have adapted their approach to the COVID-19 crisis based on the evidence and information that has developed throughout the pandemic.
Mr Leonard said: “On March 5 I asked the First Minister about the challenge of delayed discharge in light of COVID-19.
“We now know that the Government rushed to discharge almost 1000 vulnerable patients from hospital in the month of March alone and we have seen the devastating consequences in Scotland’s care homes.
“Does the First Minister accept now that her intention of discharging people appropriately was not met and can she explain why she allowed it for so long?”
Ms Sturgeon replied: “We have adapted our approach as the evidence and information we have had has developed.
Nicola Sturgeon has been Scotland’s First Minister for over five years
Nicola Sturgeon is the leader of the SNP
“We now have different advice around testing asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic people but at that time there were two things that were different.
“Firstly, there was a view that people without the symptoms were unlikely to spread the virus.
“Secondly there was a concern regarding the lack of reliability in testing people without symptoms.
“That latter point still exists today to some extent, so we have developed our approach to the advice and information that exists.”
Earlier this week Nicola Sturgeon was grilled regarding whether there will be a formal review held regarding the decision to discharge hospital patients into care homes before they had been tested.
Scotland’s First Minister was quizzed on the decision during her daily coronavirus press conference.
Ms Sturgeon admitted that with hindsight the Scottish Government may have made different decisions during the coronavirus pandemic including regarding care homes.
Ms Sturgeon was asked: “Can you confirm if the Scottish Government will be having a formal review into this?”
Nicola Sturgeon admitted the Scottish Government may have made different decisions with hindsight
Scotland’s First Minister replied: “What I said was with hindsight we may have come to different decisions on a range of things.
“I think that is particularly true in regards to a virus that we did not know very much about and have learned more about with every day that passes.
“I have no doubt that there will be inquiries and reviews into every aspect of this crisis and how the Government has handled it and I think that is right and proper.
“Care homes will be part of that review.
“The point I was making is it is very easy to apply hindsight right now and to say what we did then was completely wrong but if you think back to then we perhaps did not have many good choices.”