ALEX Cole-Hamilton has apologised after falsely claiming a resident died in a Scottish care home with Covid-19 within a week of being transferred from a nursing home in another part of the country.
The LibDem MSP made the comments as he questioned Scottish Government ministers during a session at Holyrood.
The Courier newspaper ran a story based on his claims, reporting that a resident had been transferred from Home Farm care home on Skye to Isle View nursing home in Aultbea and died there within a week with Covid-19.
However, bosses at Isle View have since clarified that there have been no transfers there from Home Farm and that no resident admitted to Isle View has died with coronavirus.
Alex Cole-Hamilton has now apologised, insisting he “received this information from a reliable constituent in good faith”.
Received this information from a reliable constituent in good faith. I didn’t name the home in Parliament when I asked about it but it was named in the paper- I got this one wrong and I apologise: Isle View nursing home: Correction and apology -The Courier https://t.co/UvfJfbQQcS
— Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP🔶 (@agcolehamilton) June 5, 2020
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The Courier has also issued a correction and an apology.
It stated that the Isle View facility was locked down on March 11 and has remained free of cases throughout the crisis.