Praise for health and social care staff’s “unprecedented” response to adverse weather

Conditions across Fife were treacherous.

Work to keep vital health and social care services going is continuing as the big thaw gets under way.

The lengths workers across Fife Health and Social Care Partnership have gone to during six days of adverse weather have been highlighted.

Councillor David Graham, Fife’s Council’s health and social care spokesman, has praised the unprecedented response, resilience and sheer determination of hundreds of workers.

“Office workers, cleaners, drivers, all the health and social care teams alongside communities, friends, families and local businesses have rallied together to support each other and ultimately the most vulnerable across the kingdom,” he said.

“Across Fife, folk have walked miles through blizzard conditions, offered their 4×4 vehicles, worked very long hours, volunteered to come in on their days off to cover shifts and much, much more.

“Phenomenal levels of kindness, comradeship and putting the needs of service users and patients above all else have been shown, epitomising the dedication which sits at the heart of care services and workers each and every day.

“These extreme circumstances just brings it to the fore.”

Mr Graham also praised partners from the voluntary and independent care services.

“Although the thaw is starting, the sheer volume of snow is still making access difficult in some areas of Fife,” he said.

“Contingency plans to ensure vital services are kept going are being actioned and the dedication of teams continues.

“I am immensely proud and thank each and every person for all they have done.  They are absolute stars.”