Health Secretary Jeane Freeman – Christmas Message to Scotland’s health and social care sector
After an extremely challenging year, Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has praised the resilience and compassion shown by those working in Scotland’s health and social care sector.
In her Christmas message, Ms Freeman said:
“This year has been a year like no other. In responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone who works in health and social care has done more than could ever have been expected of them. They have delivered vital care to individuals under incredibly difficult circumstances and in doing so, have demonstrated outstanding commitment, skill, dedication and compassion.
“Each one of you has done that even though, like everyone else, you have your own worries and anxiety about Coronavirus, and many of you have been affected directly by the harm and the death this virus can cause. But you have put those worries to one side as you focus on the job you are dedicated to doing and the compassionate care you give, often finding new and innovative ways to deliver both COVID and non-COVID care.
“I am so proud and grateful for the resilience, hard work and skill you have shown throughout this incredibly difficult year and how you continue to respond to the pressure you face. Our efforts to reduce the prevalence of COVID-19 to the lowest possible level and keep people safe have only been possible because of the important contribution that frontline health and social care staff make.
“This Christmas will be different for all of us. For too many, it will be a Christmas without a loved one and for others a Christmas they will spend away from their family and friends. For very many of you, it will be a Christmas where your work will continue to save and improve lives. But all of us can take heart from progress we have made, and from the light ahead we can now see with the vaccination programme underway. I want that to motivate all of us to support you even more, knowing that while the vaccine is a vital part of our work against this virus, each one of us needs to play our part in suppressing it and not giving it any opportunity to move from one person to another.
“Together, we will continue to work towards the time when we can live the lives we want. For now, my heartfelt thanks for all that you do every single day to care for, and support people across Scotland, and my best wishes to you for a happy and peaceful Christmas.”