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Source: Scottish Greens
The Scottish Government must get on with regular asymptomatic testing for front line staff, the Scottish Greens have said, after the First Minister announced that next week we will see “options for extending testing to other groups of key workers”.
Responding to the First Minister’s statement on the new lockdown tiers and plans for testing, Scottish Greens health spokesperson Alison Johnstone said: “The time for exploring options on COVID testing is long past, we need action. If we had seen this earlier, we might not have needed a ramp up on restrictions, including on travel.
Responding to the Scottish Government’s five point plan for student testing, Scottish Green health spokesperson Alison Johnstone said:
“I have consistently called for Scotland to show much more ambition on asymptomatic testing, so I welcome this move in the right direction on students.
“However, I’m concerned that the minister couldn’t commit to the same robust testing when students return in January. We don’t want to see the same mess of students being locked in halls again in the new year. Testing can’t be a one-off initiative, it needs to be an ongoing commitment.
The Scottish Government must reveal the impact of errors in the track and trace system which saw around half of cases fail to be interviewed within 24 hours of being notified.
Reports show Pubic Health Scotland reporting contained errors which suggested contact tracing was happening better than it actually was. 
In some examples, actual rates were around five times worse than reported.
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