Thu 30 Apr, 2020

Following the First Minister’s refusal to commit to regular testing for social care workers and health staff at today's daily briefing, Scottish Greens Parliamentary Co-Leader Alison Johnstone MSP said:

“The evidence shows clearly that the regular testing of care workers and hospital staff will help detect cases early, reduce the spread of the virus and give those workers the protection they deserve.

“The Scottish Government’s continued refusal to commit to test these dedicated frontline health and care workers when there is significant additional testing capacity available is baffling and will severely hamper our ability to get a grip on this situation.

"The knowledge we gain from testing can save lives. If the government is not testing these workers, it can’t claim to be doing everything to protect people and contain the virus.”

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