Recently I met with Cathie Russell. Her mother is in a care home, and they are not allowed to meet for more than 30 minutes a week, separated by a plastic screen. They have not hugged or held hands in five months. Her mother's health is in decline, this cannot go on much longer.
Cathie called this "cruelty" of the worst kind, and sadly her story is not unique. Across Scotland, hundreds of families are dealing with similar situations. Elderly mothers and fathers in care homes, coming in contact with dozens of carers each day whilst their most important carers - their daughters, sons, family - are left outside. It is not good enough. Places like Toronto have figured this out, and allow family carers safe access. We want the same for Scotland.
That's why I want to know your stories. I want to hear how you've found it, and what you'd like to see change. Let me know what's been going on, what the real issues are, so I can try and get it sorted out. This cannot continue. Families cannot wait. The Scottish Government should do whatever it takes to keep them safe but must let them in.