I recognise the valuable contribution made by carers of all kinds – residential, domiciliary, paid, unpaid. I totally agree that carers must receive the right support to help them carry out their caring roles.

The Scottish Conservatives have long been a champion for carers in the Scottish Parliament. In 2016 we succeeded in passing an amendment to the Carers’ Bill which required local authorities to provide short breaks, and ensuring that a person’s care plan must be agreed as soon as possible before they leave hospital and with the involvement of the carer. Although not well-implemented by the SNP, this should have given carers some much needed time away, benefiting their quality of life and wellbeing.

Carers have played a vital role in our fight against coronavirus and I am grateful for their hard work in what are very difficult times. I am committed to ensuring that positive changes for care workers are implemented.

Once again, I thank you for taking the time to contact me on this matter.