Further to our meeting with the Deputy First Minister, the Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and the Cabinet Secretary for Health yesterday afternoon please see the attached joint statement that has been agreed between us on the use of PPE in home and social care. Please share this widely. This confirms that the four nation guidance issued last week stands and the Chief Nursing Officer’s ‘supplementary guidance’ has been withdrawn.

From Monday afternoon, our letter to the Chief Nursing Officer and COSLA on Monday evening, to this morning UNISON led on negotiating this statement and securing this clarity and reassurance (regardless of what you might have read in the press last night!).