Edward Mountain MSP calls for greater emphasis on care home staff testing

Highlands and Islands MSP, Edward Mountain, has called on the SNP Government to ‘up their game’ when it comes to testing care home staff for Covid-19 in NHS Highland.

In NHS Highland only 63 tests were carried out between 8-14 June despite a promise made last month by SNP Health Secretary Jeane Freeman that all care home staff would be tested.

Edward Mountain says the SNP Government need to urgently ensure all care home staff are being tested in order to achieve this ambition as soon as possible.

Edward Mountain MSP commented:

 “The SNP’s Health Secretary, Jeane Freeman, is completely failing to fulfil her promise made a month ago to test all care home staff.

“This is a vital part of the strategy to contain Covid and keep care home residents and staff safe.

“The reality is that thousands of staff are still waiting across Scotland while the Health Secretary blames care homes and health boards such as NHS Highland.

“This week to only have 63 tests carried out in NHS Highland is simply not good enough and the SNP really need to up their game on ensuring all our care home staff are tested.

“This continued failure puts care home staff and residents at unnecessary risk and delays Scotland’s economic recovery.

“By now the SNP Government should have set a deadline to test all care home staff in NHS Highland.”