Mon 18 May, 2020

Welcoming this afternoon’s announcement from the Health Secretary that the Scottish Greens proposal for regular testing of care home staff is to be introduced, Scottish Greens Parliamentary Co-Leader Alison Johnstone MSP said: 

“Scottish Greens have been calling on the Scottish Government to introduce regular testing of care home staff for some time now so I welcome the Health Secretary’s announcement that regular testing will now finally be introduced. It’s clear that regular testing will help provide reassurance to frontline staff, reduce the spread of the virus and protect vulnerable residents in care homes. I look forward to hearing when this testing will begin and how often tests will take place.

“I have also called for regular testing to be made available to frontline NHS staff, a move that I know would be most welcome and should be introduced as a matter of urgency.” 

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