Mon 14 Sep, 2020

The Scottish Government must ensure that walk-through coronavirus testing facilities are open and operational in all of Scotland’s universities towns, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP has said.

The testing system broke down last month when pupils returned to school, and with universities beginning their terms Mr Harvie has called on the Scottish Government to ensure that this isn’t repeated.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

“When children returned to school last month the testing system broke down, resulting in families being sent across the country on a wild goose chase in search of tests. It would be unacceptable if a similar situation occurred again as university terms begin. It’s vital that walk-through testing centres are open and operational in all our university towns to help keep students and staff safe.

“For many students arriving on campus this will be their first time living alone, and international students arriving in Scotland for the first time will not be familiar with our public health guidance. It’s essential that the Scottish Government works closely with universities to ensure that students have all the support they need to keep themselves and their new communities safe at this most unusual and challenging time.”

Get involved

More like this

Only the Scottish people can determine their future

Mon 30 Nov, 2020

Responding to the announcements made during the First Minister’s conference speech, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Heathrow fringe undermines SNP credibility on climate

Fri 27 Nov, 2020

The fact the SNP are allowing Heathrow airport to influence policy undermines the party’s credibility on climate, the Scottish Greens have said.

Heathrow, a longstanding sponsor of SNP conference, is running a fringe event this weekend on “sustainable travel”. 

The Scottish Government signed a memorandum of understanding with Heathrow in 2016 backing a third runway and remain committed to expanding air travel, a move that would increase flight numbers and emissions in Scotland.

Greens: Tory spending plans cruel and economically illiterate

Wed 25 Nov, 2020

The Scottish Greens have slammed the UK Spending review as cruel and economically illiterate for placing the economic fallout of the pandemic on the shoulders of those who have already suffered the worst from it.

The Chancellor’s spending review focused on the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns, but failed to mention those that had made an enormous amount of money from the crisis.