MSPs from across the country have signed a motion, praising those who have signed up to help NHS Forth Valley in the effort to tackle Covid-19.


The health board reported that 1,000 frontline staff and students have taken on a role in tackling the spread of Covid-19, including:


  • 300 people from the Forth Valley staff bank, including nurses, doctors, healthcare support workers, pharmacy staff, admin staff, drivers, and lab staff
  • 400 responders to the national appeal for former NHS staff to return to working in the health service
  • University of Stirling medical and nursing students who will be joining NHS Forth Valley
  • Redeployment of existing staff within the health service.


Commenting, Mr Crawford said:


“The number of people putting themselves forward to help the NHS on the front line is just phenomenal. This includes a number of dental nurses who are helping with drive through Covid-19 testing. Everyone has a significant part to play in helping to tackle this terrible disease.


“I am grateful to every single person working hard to keep us safe. It’s important that the rest of us do everything we can to support those who have put themselves forward to help.


“Lockdown has been tough for many of us, but we must stick with it. Stay at home, only leave if necessary, wash your hands regularly, and isolate if you or a member of your household has symptoms. Its only be doing all of these things that we will ensure that our NHS is not overwhelmed by Covid-19 spreading through our communities.”