A 100-year-old woman is being removed from a care home after her family could no longer bear to see her “fade away”.

Doreen Tilly’s great-granddaughter, Sonia Dixon, said she had no other option but to take her out of the facility, which has been in lockdown for 10 months.

Sonia, 37, launched a furious attack on the Scottish Government’s “complete and utter failure” to end the elderly’s suffering during the Covid-19 outbreak.

She told how Doreen was “full of life” when she celebrated her 100th birthday at the beginning of the pandemic but is now on anti-depressants and wants her life to be over.

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Sonia Dixon has branded the Scottish Government's response a 'complete disgrace'

The former pub manager is scheduled to leave the care home in Glenrothes on February 1 after living there for six years.

Business studies student Sonia is now customising her home in the Fife town in preparation for Doreen coming to stay with her.

And she says the treatment of care home residents during the pandemic has made her doubt if she will vote for the Nationalists in May’s Holyrood elections.

Sonia said: “I’ve always voted for the SNP because I thought they were brave enough to do things differently in Scotland.

“But this has really opened my eyes and made me think about who I want to vote for at the next election.

“They have ­continually failed to come up with anything different and prove they are capable of thinking for themselves or even caring.

“Their complete and utter failure has been an absolute disgrace. We’ve had thousands of people locked up in care homes, cut off from their families and loved ones.

Doreen Tilly will now move in with her great-granddaughter

“There are hundreds dying every week and nothing has been done.”

The Sunday Mail is campaigning for an emergency Anne’s Law to ensure families are reunited – named in honour of Anne Duke, 62, a former care home therapist who has been cut off from her family while ­battling early onset dementia.

Sonia added: “The solutions are there. The experts have made clear what has to happen and how to do it safely.

“We need an essential caregiver law – like the one the Sunday Mail’s Anne’s Law campaign is ­calling for – but instead ­everyone is burying their heads in the sand.

“I don’t think I’m the only one who will be wondering who to vote for in May, whether another party would be ­willing to take the hard ­decisions instead of the easy ones we have been seeing.”

Doreen’s departure date from the facility has been thrown into doubt after the care home reported a Covid-19 outbreak, which has restricted movement within the site.

She’s outlived her own two children and has eight grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren, who previously visited her frequently.

Sonia fought for months for better access to Doreen before deciding to remove her from the home. She added: “It was too much to watch someone I love suffer in the last years of

her life. It’s going to be really difficult having her at home.

“I can’t believe it has come to this but it’s the only option I have left.

“There are ­Government ministers who are supposed to be looking out for old people – Jeane Freeman, Christina McKelvie, Shirley-Anne Somerville and, of course, the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.

“But when it comes down to it, nobody seems to give a hoot. All they care about is Covid death statistics, not whether ­people are living anything like a decent life.

“Nicola Sturgeon is always telling us how much she cares and how much she understands what it’s like for ordinary people.

“But there’s only so much you can listen to before ­questioning whether that can really be true.

“I don’t understand how anyone with the power to step in and do something can sit on the sidelines hoping it just sorts itself out.”

Sonia also criticised other agencies, claiming they have been ineffective in improving conditions for the elderly during the coronavirus crisis.

She added: “Hopefully I’ll get my nan out and she’ll be able to regain some sort of a life but for others who have to stay in these homes, it’s an absolute tragedy.

“People deserve better. There is a lot of anger mounting over this.

“It’s not just the Scottish Government.

"Organisations like the Care Commission, Scottish Care, local authority public health officials – they’ve all been happy to close their eyes to a human rights disaster.

“It’s not too late for them to do the right thing and give people back the rights that should never have been taken away from them in the first place.”