Covid-19 (Recovery Strategy) (Lateral Flow Test Provision)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at on 27 April 2022.

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Photo of Mercedes Villalba Mercedes Villalba Labour

One of the stated aims of the Scottish Government’s Covid recovery strategy is to improve access to services where provision was restricted by the pandemic. Although health and social care workers will continue to be able to access free lateral flow tests, other front-line workers from teachers to hospitality staff will no longer have access to them for routine workplace testing. That could lead to access to services such as schools and restaurants being disrupted, especially as Scotland’s infection rates remain high. Will the Government consider expanding access to free lateral flow tests to all front-line workers to ensure a fair and safe Covid recovery?