Uk news Nicola Sturgeon says UK Government has pledged not to restrict access to testing MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - The SNP leader said Scottish ministers were cooperating with their counterparts at Westminster to ensure the backlog of Covid tests was cleared.
Breaking News ! Nicola Sturgeon has been given assurances by the UK Government that access to testing will not be restricted in Scotland while a backlog of cases is dealt with south of the Border. The SNP leader said today she had held constructive talks with Matt Hancock, the UK health secretary, on the subject as public demand for Covid tests continues to grow. The system for testing members of the public in Scotland is fragmented, with parts of it coming under the responsibility of the Scottish NHS and other parts being operated by Westminster. The UK Government admitted today it was "possible" that some people with Covid-19 symptoms will have to 'wait longer' while NHS, care staff and teachers are prioritised. Read More Related Articles Nicola Sturgeon hints new Scotland-wide lockdown restrictions could be imposed as Covid cases rise Read More Related Articles Alister Jack accuses Scottish Health Secretary Jeane Freeman of 'misleading' MPs on coronavirus meetings Sturgeon was today asked about the subject at First Minister's Questions by Richard Leonard. The Scottish Labour leader said the testing system north of the Border has been beset by delays and difficulties. The First Minister admitted there were "challenges" with the system - with some people having to travel beyond their home town or city to access a test - but insisted the test and trace system was working well. She added: "Demand will be variable and it is not right to say the system is not working in Scotland.
. "It makes sense we co-operate with the UK. I don't want anyone to get anything other than the impression that they should book a test when they have symptoms." Earlier, UK health minister Edward Argar confessed plans to "prioritise" Covid-19 tests will mean some sick members of the public are officially forced to wait while others get tested first. It means people who have coronavirus could see themselves held back for crucial hours or days before finding out whether they have tested positive. That, in turn, will delay efforts to alert their close contacts and tell them to go into isolation. A priority list will reportedly be released within days currently suggests routine testing could be restricted to hospitals, care homes, certain key workers and schools. The rationing plan, to be confirmed within days, is a massive blow to the government's promises to control the virus through comprehensive testing and tracing.
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